Miami Heat: They get a huge win in Charlotte, 121-111, when they needed to

Malik Monk #1 of the Charlotte Hornets tries to dribble past Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Malik Monk #1 of the Charlotte Hornets tries to dribble past Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat came into Sunday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets needing to win it. While they got a good win on Saturday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Charlotte game on Sunday had real implications.

While, simply, making the NBA’s newly installed Playoff Play-In Tournament isn’t the Heat’s goal, they were able to secure a berth on Sunday. That ensures that they have, at least, a fraction of control over their own destiny.

With Charlotte trending in a winning direction over the past few weeks and considering how they were able to go nuclear from deep in an earlier matchup this season to obliterate the Heat from three (*Malik Monk traumatic flashback), the Miami Heat knew it wouldn’t be easy to get it done. After a first half that was pretty tight though, the Miami Heat seized control and never relinquished it.

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The Miami Heat could, sort of, seal their playoff fates with a win in Charlotte on Sunday and that’s just what they did.

Along with a Miami Heat win on Sunday, the Boston Celtics were defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers. For the Miami Heat, that only means good things but NBA reporter, Tim Reynolds, did a great job of breaking it all down better.

The Miami Heat also got a vintage looking Dragon on Sunday night. Goran Dragic, not only looked spry, but he had an extra little something in his step the whole night.

In all actuality, he’s been looking as though he’s been building back up to looking like this again for the last two weeks or so. You hope that he’s getting back to full health, for real, and that this is the version to expect for the rest of the year, at least on more occasions than not.

He would finish with 18 points, two rebounds, and two assists, though only 1-6 from three. The fact that he was so productive, without his shot falling, is a great thing.

The shot will eventually fall, so knowing he can still get it done a bit without it is positive news. The Miami Heat will now have an off day on Monday, before welcoming in Dragic’s Slovenian teammate, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Tuesday.

Luka is special, which means his team always has a chance. The Miami Heat should rest up because they need to be ready for what’s coming into AAA on Tuesday.

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Sunday night though, was a great win for them and a much needed one, especially considering the circumstances.