NBA wrap: Heat knock Hornets out of playoff spot; LeBron James passes MJ on scoring list

The Heat have a shot to make the playoffs in Dwyane Wade’s final season after all.

With Miami’s 91-84 win over the Hornets on Wednesday, the Heat have moved into the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Kelly Olynyk’s 22 points and 11 rebounds and Hassan Whiteside’s 18 and 15 off the bench helped the Heat grab the win.

Kemba Walker and Frank Kaminsky each had 20 for Charlotte.

In Los Angeles, LeBron James moved in front of Michael Jordan and into fourth place on the all-time scoring list.

James passed Jordan with his a layup in the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets. It was the Lakers star’s 32,293 and 32,294 career points.

It took James 1,190 games to reach that mark while Jordan took 1,072.

Studs of the Night

Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists but Dallas fell to the Wizards, 132-123. Bradley Beal had 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the win.

Pistons center Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds in a 131-114 win over the Timberwolves.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and nine rebounds in the Spurs’ 111-104 win over the Hawks.

Kevin Love looks healthy as he scored 24 points and added 16 rebounds, but the Cavaliers fell to the Nets, 113-107.

Dud of the Night

Blake Griffin has been great this season but he wasn’t at his best Wednesday as he scored just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting. The nine points is his lowest output since he tallied six in a win over the Hawks on Nov. 9.


Zach LaVine scored 39 points while adding five rebounds and four assists Wednesday. But, it was his layup with 1.5 seconds left that fans will remember because it gave the Bulls a victory over the 76ers, 108-107.

What’s Next

Pacers (42-23) at Bucks (48-16), 8 p.m. ET — Everyone counted the Pacers out when Victor Oladipo went down for the season with an injury, but this team has just kept on winning as they have gone 10-8 without him and remain in third place in the Eastern Conference. They are 10-4 in their last 14 games. The Bucks, though, have an MVP candidate and the best team (record-wise) in all of the NBA.