CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Stephen Jackson scored 17 points, Raymond Felton added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Charlotte Bobcats used a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Miami Heat, 83-78, on Tuesday night in a key game for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference.
With Chicago (31-32) losing to Utah, the Bobcats (31-31) moved into seventh place in the East with one fewer loss than the Heat (32-32), which managed 30 points in the second half and 12 in the fourth quarter. Charlotte reached .500 at the latest point in its six-year history
Charlotte moved to 3-0 against Miami and clinched the tiebreaker by rallying from nine points down with 9 minutes left.
Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, but passed up a tying shot in the final minute, then clanged a tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds for the Heat, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
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“It felt like a playoff game, honestly,” Felton said. “It was a big win for us.”
Trailing 80-78 in the final minute, Miami forced a shot clock violation and Wade then got the ball at the top of the circle. He whipped a pass into the corner for Udonis Haslem, who missed.
Felton then made one of two free throws with 7.2 seconds left, giving Miami another chance. But Wade’s 3 in the left corner bounced off the rim.
The Heat managed just 30 points in the second half.