Kelly Olynyk had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Hassan Whiteside added 18 points and 15 rebounds off the bench and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Hornets 91-84 on Wednesday night to break a tie for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Olynyk was 8 of 14 from the field, including 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc as Miami won its third straight game.
Dwyane Wade had a rough night shooting, going 4 of 15 from the field and missed both free-throw attempts. He finished with eight points and six assists. After the game, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker exchanged jerseys with Wade at midcourt.
The win was crucial for the Heat’s playoff chances given the Hornets had won the previous two games this season. The teams meet again March 17 in Miami.
Walker and Frank Kaminsky each scored 20 points for Charlotte. Cody Zeller finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
WIZARDS 132, MAVERICKS 123
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal dunked over 7-foot-2 Salah Mejri and then stared him down in the most dramatic part of a 30-point performance as Washington beat Dallas.
Beal added eight assists and seven rebounds as Washington beat Dallas at home after losing nine in a row when hosting the Mavericks.
Trevor Ariza scored 22 and Jabari Parker 20 for the Wizards.
Rookie Luka Doncic had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Mavs. Dwight Powell made 11 of 12 shots and scored a career-high 26 points, while contributing 10 rebounds.
PISTONS 131, TIMBERWOLVES 114
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds and surging Detroit beat Minnesota.
Drummond posted his 16th straight double-double — the second-longest streak in franchise history. He set the record with 18 last season.
Luke Kennard added 21 points for the Pistons (32-31), who moved above .500 for the first time since they got to 15-14 by beating the Timberwolves in overtime on Dec. 19. Detroit has won 10 of 12, including six straight at home.
Minnesota (30-35) has lost four of five. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points before fouling out.