Charlotte Hornets

Dragic, Heat top Hornets 112-99; pull into tie for 8th place

There was a time in his career when Hassan Whiteside might not have reacted so well to a frustrating night.

But when Whiteside was whistled for a technical foul, the 7-footer channeled his anger and sparked the Miami Heat to a crucial 112-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

He got plenty of help from his teammates, too.

Goran Dragic scored 33 points, and the Heat made a franchise-record 21 3-pointers — six of those by James Johnson — to pull back into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Miami controls its own playoff destiny since it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Indiana for the final spot.

Johnson was 6 of 7 from...

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