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Dragic, Wade lead Heat past Hornets, 93-75

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade arrived for work on Sunday not expecting to play much, if at all. His bruised right hip was sore and he was feeling pain with every step.

He offered to play for a couple of minutes.

He wound up playing 28, even diving on that bad hip for a loose ball with the outcome still in the balance - and helping the Miami Heat get perhaps the most important win of their season.

Goran Dragic scored 19 points off the bench, Wade added 17 and the Heat found just enough offense to beat the Charlotte Hornets 93-75 in a game with major Eastern Conference playoff implications. The win kept Miami (33-36) at the No. 8 spot in the East race - and moved the Heat two games up on No. 10 Charlotte (31-38), with 13 games left for both clubs.

''Just thankful I could go out there and contribute,'' Wade said.

He did more than contribute. Even with the bad hip - hurt on a hard fall Friday night in Miami's loss to Milwaukee - the 6-foot-4 Wade won a jump ball against Frank Kaminsky midway through the fourth quarter after hitting the floor for a tie-up, then blocked a layup try by Dwayne Bacon about two minutes later and hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing Heat possession.

That put Miami up 13, and the Heat cruised from there.

''I'm really going to miss that,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the late heroics from the soon-to-be-retired Wade. ''He's a warrior. He knows how important a game like this is. Just the fact that he wasn't able to go through the walkthrough but then he does everything he possibly can ... that's the kind of message that you love your young players getting from a Hall of Fame player.''

It was an ugly win: The 168 combined points was the lowest in the NBA this season. Orlando and Chicago combined for 170 on Dec. 21. Charlotte's 75 points were a season-low and tied the third-worst total in the NBA this season.

Bam Adebayo finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for Miami. Dion Waiters added 12 for the Heat.

Jeremy Lamb led Charlotte with 21 points. Kaminsky scored 13 and Nic Batum had 12, while Kemba Walker scored 10 on 4-for-16 shooting.

''In the fourth quarter we couldn't make a shot,'' Hornets coach James Borrego said.

That was sort of an every-quarter issue for Charlotte, which shot a season-worst 31 percent - along with 19 percent from 3-point range. They were also the best numbers of the season for the Heat defense in both categories.

Miami blitzed Walker all game, and it paid off. And eventually the Heat found a rhythm, outscoring Charlotte 32-15 in the fourth quarter to pull away from what was a 61-60 Heat lead going into the final 12 minutes.

''They do a great job,'' Walker said. ''They have very athletic guys. They make sure I get rid of the basketball. That's their main goal.''

It was 39-39 at the half, a 24-minute stretch that featured one clank after another. The Heat shot 33 percent, the Hornets shot 35 percent, and they combined to go 7 for 35 (20 percent) from 3-point range.

The difference was Miami heated up, shooting 47 percent after halftime. Charlotte regressed to 28 percent in the last two quarters.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) did not play. ''There's still swelling there that we have to be cautious with,'' Borrego said. ... It was the 36th and almost certainly final time that Tony Parker got to play against Wade, including their NBA Finals matchups in 2013 and 2014. ... Charlotte hasn't won twice at Miami in the same regular season since 2001-02. The Hornets could have changed that Sunday.

Heat: Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) didn't play. .. Josh Richardson was 2 for 17, 0 for 9 on 3s. ... Waiters was 4 for 5 on 3s after halftime. ... James Johnson played for the first time in 12 games, after missing time with a shoulder issue and then falling out of the rotation. He played the entire fourth quarter, making a pair of 3s.

SLOW START

There have been five games in the NBA this season where neither team reached 40 points by halftime - and Miami has been in three of them. The 39 points tied Miami's fourth-worst first half total of the season, and was Charlotte's third-worst total.

EARLY START

The 1 p.m. local tip time was the earliest of the season for the Heat - for now. Miami has a noon game at Toronto on April 7. Charlotte has played a pair of 1 p.m. starts; the Hornets lost 118-108 to Portland on March 3.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Heat: Visit Oklahoma City on Monday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:11
  Defensive rebound by James Johnson 0:34
  Jeremy Lamb missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:36
  Defensive rebound by James Johnson 1:03
  Frank Kaminsky missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:07
+ 2 Dwyane Wade made layup, assist by James Johnson 1:20
  Defensive rebound by James Johnson 1:31
+ 2 Bam Adebayo made alley-oop shot, assist by Goran Dragic 1:46
  Personal foul on Jeremy Lamb 1:59
+ 2 Frank Kaminsky made hook shot 2:03
+ 1 Frank Kaminsky made 2nd of 2 free throws 2:42
Team Stats
Points 75 93
Field Goals 26-83 (31.3%) 34-86 (39.5%)
3-Pointers 7-36 (19.4%) 13-33 (39.4%)
Free Throws 16-18 (88.9%) 12-19 (63.2%)
Total Rebounds 57 61
Offensive 11 15
Defensive 33 40
Team 13 6
Assists 11 25
Steals 6 6
Blocks 5 7
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 19 21
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
17 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Hornets 31-38 2019211575
home team logo Heat 33-36 1920223293
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 31-38 110.4 PPG 44.1 RPG 22.9 APG
home team logo Heat 33-36 106.0 PPG 46.3 RPG 24.1 APG
Key Players
J. Lamb SG 15.4 PPG 5.7 RPG 2.2 APG 44.2 FG%
G. Dragic PG 15.2 PPG 2.8 RPG 4.2 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Lamb SG 21 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
G. Dragic PG 19 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
31.3 FG% 39.5
19.4 3PT FG% 39.4
88.9 FT% 63.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Batum 12 7 1 3/11 1/7 5/5 3 35 0 0 1 0 7 -18 20
K. Walker 10 4 4 4/16 2/8 0/0 1 35 1 0 3 1 3 -13 20
B. Biyombo 2 6 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 4 17 0 1 2 2 4 -12 7
M. Bridges 2 3 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 3 -2 5
M. Williams 2 4 2 1/7 0/4 0/0 2 27 0 3 2 1 3 -5 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Batum 12 7 1 3/11 1/7 5/5 3 35 0 0 1 0 7 -18 20
K. Walker 10 4 4 4/16 2/8 0/0 1 35 1 0 3 1 3 -13 20
B. Biyombo 2 6 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 4 17 0 1 2 2 4 -12 7
M. Bridges 2 3 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 3 -2 5
M. Williams 2 4 2 1/7 0/4 0/0 2 27 0 3 2 1 3 -5 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Lamb 21 4 1 8/20 3/9 2/2 3 33 4 0 1 2 2 -16 30
F. Kaminsky 13 7 1 3/10 0/4 7/9 1 30 0 0 1 2 5 -8 21
T. Parker 11 2 0 4/5 1/2 2/2 0 17 0 0 2 0 2 -3 11
D. Bacon 2 4 2 1/6 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 1 0 1 3 -9 11
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 1 0 0 2 1 +3 4
M. Monk 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -7 0
S. Mack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 44 11 26/83 7/36 16/18 19 235 6 5 12 11 33 -90 140
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Adebayo 16 9 1 7/10 0/0 2/4 3 30 2 1 2 2 7 +18 28
D. Waiters 12 4 3 4/10 4/8 0/0 1 22 0 0 1 0 4 +3 21
J. Richardson 7 6 5 2/17 0/9 3/4 3 38 2 0 1 1 5 +18 24
D. Jones Jr. 6 5 1 2/6 1/2 1/4 3 24 1 3 1 2 3 +11 16
K. Olynyk 4 9 6 1/7 0/3 2/3 2 30 0 0 3 3 6 +4 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Adebayo 16 9 1 7/10 0/0 2/4 3 30 2 1 2 2 7 +18 28
D. Waiters 12 4 3 4/10 4/8 0/0 1 22 0 0 1 0 4 +3 21
J. Richardson 7 6 5 2/17 0/9 3/4 3 38 2 0 1 1 5 +18 24
D. Jones Jr. 6 5 1 2/6 1/2 1/4 3 24 1 3 1 2 3 +11 16
K. Olynyk 4 9 6 1/7 0/3 2/3 2 30 0 0 3 3 6 +4 22
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Dragic 19 2 4 7/11 4/6 1/1 4 27 0 0 1 0 2 +7 28
D. Wade 17 8 2 6/14 2/2 3/3 1 28 0 1 1 2 6 +19 29
J. Johnson 6 3 3 2/4 2/3 0/0 1 17 0 1 1 0 3 +14 15
H. Whiteside 6 8 0 3/7 0/0 0/0 3 17 1 1 0 5 3 0 16
R. McGruder 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 -4 1
D. Robinson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Winslow - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Maten - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 93 55 25 34/86 13/33 12/19 21 237 6 7 11 15 40 +90 200