Heat look to continue playoff push vs. Knicks

In addition, Charlotte had closed to within a half-game of the Pistons, though the Hornets lost to Milwaukee to fall further out of playoff contention.

Dragic had 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting, while James Johnson came off the bench to score 16.

"It's tough to lose like that", coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Miami played without shooting guard Dion Waiters for the fifth consecutive game. "You look at four losses here (New York and Brooklyn), a home loss to Philly, two losses to Orlando, all teams that are behind us", Van Gundy told reporters after the setback against the Knicks.

Stanley Johnson was given a chance to shine tonight, getting to play 32 minutes, including the game's most vital moments down the stretch.

After a McGruder turnover, Smith drained a jumper for a 96-92 Detroit advantage.

Goran Dragic made the free-throw and his short jumper cut the deficit to one with at 96-95 with 24 seconds left.

Whiteside capped a showing of 17 points and nine rebounds after a wild scramble in which James Johnson and Goran Dragic missed shots.

James Johnson then forced a jump ball against Stanley Johnson and won the tap, setting up Miami's winning possession.

Sun Sentinel Miami Heat beat writer, Ira Winderman joined the Big O Show on 560 WQAM to discuss the Heat's matchup with the Detroit Pistons.

The Detroit Pistons' recent slide that has seen them drop from seventh place in the Eastern Conference to tenth, and has them on the verge of missing the playoffs. "It's strictly been my call all the way", Van Gundy said.

Point guard Reggie Jackson missed his second game in a row for rest purposes and may be shut down for the rest of this season. "They're really our six and seven starters".

"Detroit, they're a tough team". After a couple of empty possession, the Pistons regained the lead on Caldwell-Pope's 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining.

Scouting report: Wednesday's game kicks off a home-and-home between the two with the season series finale Friday in Miami.

And by completing the unlikely comeback in the closing seconds, the Heat now have the tiebreaker over the Pistons with a better conference record.

"We were just one tip away from winning this game".

"That one hurts", Ish Smith allowed.

Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and 10 assists for his second double-double of the season, and the Bucks won for the 12th time in 15 games. Miami is 28-3 when leading after three quarters. Speaking with Portland reporter Brooke Olzendam, Nurkic took one last shot at the Nuggets, telling them to enjoy their summer.

It wasn't always pretty, but the Miami Heat will absolutely take it. "It played out that way, and that's just how insane these games can be all the way until the end". Whether it be practice or playing games, that's what we're compensated for.

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