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Hornets, down by 15, rally past Heat

TOUGH SHOT: DeMar DeRozan puts up a contested shot on his way to scoring 28 as the Raptors beat the Pacers in overtime.

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TOUGH SHOT: DeMar DeRozan puts up a contested shot on his way to scoring 28 as the Raptors beat the Pacers in overtime.

MIAMI — Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each scored 21 and the Hornets overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to beat the Heat 109-106 on Thursday night.

Nic Batum scored 19 for the Hornets, who split four games with Miami this season and have the same 39-29 record as the Heat in the jampacked Eastern Conference playoff chase.

Charlotte trailed 45-30 in the second quarter, then took the lead by halftime and held it for most of the second half.

Luol Deng led the Heat with 22 points. It was the 10th time this season that Miami lost a game in which it led at one point by double figures.

Charlotte led by six with 3:24 left, but Dwyane Wade made a pair of layups in the final seconds — each getting Miami within a point. Charlotte's Jeremy Lin went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line late, and Wade missed a last 3-pointer.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each scored 28 to lead the host Raptors over the Pacers 101-94 in overtime. Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 25 rebounds. Paul George led the Pacers with 18 points and nine rebounds. Indiana is 1-7 in overtime. … John Wall had 16 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his fourth triple double of the season and the visiting Wizards beat the 76ers 99-94.

henson gets tossed: Bucks forward John Henson, a former Sickles standout, was in the middle of some testiness during a 96-86 home victory over the Grizzlies. Late in the fourth, Henson came up behind Lance Stephenson and swiped the ball away, in the process dumping Stephenson to the floor. After a review, Henson was called for a Flagrant 1 foul and a technical. Later, with 5.5 seconds left, Henson blocked Matt Barnes' layup and then turned to stare at Barnes. Referee Marc Davis quickly pushed Henson away. After a review, Henson got a double technical and was ejected. He left the court with his arms above his head, egging on the raucous crowd.

SPLASH COUSIN: Warriors forward Marreese Speights, from St. Petersburg and UF, hit two or more 3s in a game for the fifth time in his career and fourth this season in Wednesday's victory over the Knicks. "He's auditioning for that Splash Cousin, maybe," said Stephen Curry, who with Klay Thompson makes up Golden State's Splash Brothers. "He's definitely confident out there now. We love that. We'll keep feeding him. Definitely a crowd pleaser." Speights said: "It's good to have a green light from the 3-point line.'

Hornets 109, Heat 106

CHARLOTTE (109): Batum 7-19 3-3 19, Williams 4-8 0-2 12, Zeller 3-6 0-0 6, Walker 7-18 3-3 21, Lee 3-6 5-6 13, Jefferson 10-16 1-3 21, Kaminsky 3-4 0-0 6, Lin 1-6 4-4 6, Daniels 1-2 0-0 3, Hansbrough 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 40-86 16-21 109.

MIAMI (106): J.Johnson 5-9 1-1 13, Deng 7-13 6-6 22, Stoudemire 3-3 0-0 6, Dragic 8-16 0-0 16, Wade 3-13 5-6 11, Richardson 7-9 1-4 18, Winslow 1-2 1-1 3, Whiteside 6-10 5-6 17. Totals 40-75 19-24 106.

Charlotte 26 28 28 27— 109

Miami 29 23 21 33— 106

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 13-26 (Williams 4-5, Walker 4-9, Lee 2-3, Batum 2-7, Daniels 1-1, Lin 0-1), Miami 7-17 (Richardson 3-4, J.Johnson 2-4, Deng 2-5, Wade 0-1, Dragic 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 48 (Jefferson 10), Miami 43 (Deng 9). AssistsCharlotte 19 (Walker, Batum 7), Miami 22 (Dragic 8). Total FoulsCharlotte 19, Miami 17. A19,848 (19,600).

Raptors 101, Pacers 94

TORONTO (101): DeRozan 9-26 10-12 28, Scola 4-10 0-0 9, Biyombo 5-6 6-11 16, Lowry 8-21 8-9 28, Powell 3-9 0-0 6, Patterson 1-3 0-0 2, Joseph 0-5 0-0 0, Ross 2-8 2-2 8, Thompson 0-0 4-4 4. Totals 32-88 30-38 101.

INDIANA (94): George 7-24 3-6 18, Turner 4-7 1-1 9, J.Hill 5-10 1-1 11, G.Hill 6-10 3-4 18, Ellis 3-11 2-4 8, Allen 1-3 0-0 2, Stuckey 1-5 1-2 3, S.Hill 4-8 3-3 12, Miles 4-9 2-2 13, Young 0-3 0-0 0, Whittington 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-91 16-23 94.

Toronto 27 16 20 22 16— 101

Indiana 25 21 14 25 9— 94

3-Point GoalsToronto 7-22 (Lowry 4-11, Ross 2-5, Scola 1-3, DeRozan 0-1, Powell 0-1, Patterson 0-1), Indiana 8-28 (G.Hill 3-5, Miles 3-7, S.Hill 1-3, George 1-9, Whittington 0-1, Ellis 0-1, Young 0-1, Turner 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 70 (Biyombo 25), Indiana 57 (Turner 10). AssistsToronto 11 (Lowry 4), Indiana 21 (Ellis 7). Total FoulsToronto 21, Indiana 32. TechnicalsDeRozan, Indiana defensive three second. A15,104 (18,165).

Wizards 99, 76ers 94

WASHINGTON (99): Porter 5-8 0-0 12, Morris 7-13 0-0 14, Gortat 8-10 0-2 16, Wall 4-17 8-8 16, Temple 4-11 0-0 10, Sessions 3-7 2-2 8, Dudley 1-3 0-0 2, Nene 1-5 1-4 3, Thornton 7-16 2-3 18. Totals 40-90 13-19 99.

PHILADELPHIA (94): Thompson 5-15 2-2 15, Grant 2-6 9-14 13, Noel 7-11 0-2 14, Smith 9-25 0-0 20, Canaan 4-10 6-7 15, Stauskas 2-4 0-0 4, Weems 2-4 0-0 4, McConnell 3-10 0-0 6, Landry 0-2 0-0 0, Marshall 1-4 1-1 3. Totals 35-91 18-26 94.

Washington 30 28 15 26— 99

Philadelphia 22 17 22 33— 94

3-Point GoalsWashington 6-27 (Porter 2-3, Temple 2-8, Thornton 2-8, Dudley 0-2, Morris 0-3, Wall 0-3), Philadelphia 6-33 (Thompson 3-11, Smith 2-7, Canaan 1-6, Marshall 0-1, Weems 0-2, Grant 0-2, McConnell 0-2, Stauskas 0-2). ReboundsWashington 71 (Gortat, Wall 13), Philadelphia 49 (Noel 16). AssistsWashington 25 (Wall 14), Philadelphia 17 (Smith 7). Total FoulsWashington 17, Philadelphia 20. Flagrant Fouls—Morris. Ejected—Morris. A10,521 (20,318).

Bucks 96, Grizzlies 86

MEMPHIS (86): Barnes 7-18 3-4 20, Green 5-14 1-1 11, Hollins 2-5 2-2 6, Stephenson 8-21 3-3 19, Allen 5-11 3-3 13, Martin 2-7 1-2 5, Stepheson 2-4 0-0 4, Weber 1-4 0-0 2, McCallum 2-5 0-0 4, Munford 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 34-92 15-17 86.

MILWAUKEE (96): Antetokounmpo 6-9 3-4 15, Parker 3-11 1-2 7, Monroe 5-6 4-6 14, Bayless 3-8 2-4 10, Middleton 4-13 0-0 10, Inglis 3-5 4-4 10, Ennis 6-10 1-1 13, Vaughn 2-6 0-0 5, Plumlee 4-5 1-2 9, Henson 1-2 1-2 3, O'Bryant 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-75 17-25 96.

Memphis 32 21 20 13— 86

Milwaukee 32 15 21 28— 96

3-Point GoalsMemphis 3-13 (Barnes 3-9, Munford 0-1, Weber 0-1, Stephenson 0-1, McCallum 0-1), Milwaukee 5-18 (Bayless 2-4, Middleton 2-6, Vaughn 1-4, Parker 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-1, Inglis 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 54 (Hollins 10), Milwaukee 52 (Monroe 10). AssistsMemphis 16 (Stephenson 6), Milwaukee 21 (Antetokounmpo 11). Total FoulsMemphis 19, Milwaukee 15. TechnicalsBarnes, Henson 2. Flagrant Fouls—Henson. Ejected—Barnes, Henson. A11,740 (18,717).

Hawks 116, Nuggets 98

DENVER (98): Sampson 3-5 2-2 8, Arthur 3-8 0-0 6, Jokic 4-7 0-0 8, Mudiay 3-11 5-6 12, Harris 6-15 2-3 15, Barton 2-7 0-0 6, Nurkic 5-10 0-0 10, Augustin 7-12 1-2 17, Lauvergne 6-8 4-4 16, Toupane 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 39-87 14-17 98.

ATLANTA (116): Korver 4-5 0-0 11, Millsap 6-10 2-2 16, Horford 5-10 1-1 11, Teague 6-16 2-2 16, Hardaway Jr. 6-11 7-8 21, Humphries 3-8 5-6 11, Sefolosha 5-7 2-2 14, Schroder 4-9 2-2 11, Hinrich 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 1-3 2-3 4, Muscala 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 40-80 24-28 116.

Denver 23 25 28 22— 98

Atlanta 33 21 33 29— 116

3-Point GoalsDenver 6-22 (Barton 2-2, Augustin 2-5, Harris 1-3, Mudiay 1-4, Lauvergne 0-1, Jokic 0-1, Toupane 0-3, Arthur 0-3), Atlanta 12-26 (Korver 3-3, Sefolosha 2-3, Millsap 2-3, Hardaway Jr. 2-4, Teague 2-6, Schroder 1-4, Scott 0-1, Humphries 0-2). ReboundsDenver 49 (Nurkic 7), Atlanta 46 (Millsap 11). AssistsDenver 22 (Augustin 7), Atlanta 32 (Teague 8). Total FoulsDenver 22, Atlanta 16. A14,383.

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