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Five Stars: Pacers 81, Heat 75

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A disappointing showing at the AAA still results in three Miami players filling the top five on the night.

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First Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 14.8

Let’s face it, nobody really had a good night in the Pacers/Heat matchup. Wade came the closest to what you would consider a "good game," with a 14.8 GameScore which would have been the eighth best in the Dallas/Miami game earlier this week. It was good enough for the 29th-best mark in the NBA for the night. He sunk his only three pointer and half of his 16 field goal attempts. Common to the Heat last night, he only went three-for-seven from the line and collected four rebounds, which was sadly the second best total on the team, behind Luol Deng’s seven. He also had three assists, one steal, one block and one turnover on the night. He totaled a game high 20 points in a Heat-high 34:35 on the floor.

Second Star

Donald Sloan (IND) 12.9

Sloan led the Pacers only in assists, with a surprisingly low total of three (Luis Scola also had three for Indy). In 33:56, he made five-of-10 shots, including an efficient three-for-five performance from beyond the arc. He made both of his free throw attempts, and grabbed six rebounds with a steal, two turnovers and one personal foul. He totaled 15 points, good for third best on the team.

Third Star

Shawne Williams (MIA) 12.7

Williams makes his first appearance on our Five Stars series this season with a season high and Heat second best 15 points on five-of-six shooting. He was nearly picture perfect from outside, draining four-of-five three-point shots. He made one-of-two from the stripe, collected one rebound, and had zero assists, steals, blocks, and turnovers in 22:01.

Fourth Star

Roy Hibbert (IND) 12.4

Roy Hibbert played for 33:45 for the Pacers, and was the only player last night to collect a double-double. He scored 16 points on seven-of-14 shooting and made both his foul shots, and also grabbed 15 boards, including four on the offensive side of the floor. In addition, he had two assists and three blocks, remaining one of four NBA players to have a block in every game played so far this season. He had three fouls and a game high five turnovers.

Fifth Star

Norris Cole (MIA) 11.3

Cole makes his second appearance on the Five Stars series, scoring nine points on four-of-seven shooting, missing his only three-pointer. He made one-of-two foul shots in 27:11, with a game- and season-high seven helpers, four rebounds, one block, and two personal fouls. He finished with nine points, which was tied for the third best total on the team.

The Rest


Chris Copeland (IND) 9.9
Luis Scola (IND) 6.1
Lavoy Allen (IND) 5.4
James Ennis (MIA) 4.4
Chris Bosh (MIA) 4.3
Luol Deng (MIA) 4.0
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 4.0
AJ Price (IND) 3.2
Ian Mahinmi (IND) 2.9
Solomon Hill (IND) 2.6
Josh McRoberts (MIA) 2.4
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 0.9
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 0.0
Damjan Rudez (IND) -1.1
Chris Andersen (MIA) -2.1

Final Thoughts


Chris Copeland led the Pacers in scoring with 17 points.

The Pacers had six players with five or more rebounds, the Heat only had Deng, with seven. Miami was out rebounded nearly two-to-one, getting outworked to the tune of 53-to-28, which included an incredible 16 offensive rebounds given up to the Pacers.

Chris Bosh had what I can only hope is an outlier, with nine points on three-of-13 shooting, along with two lousy rebounds in 33 minutes.

Shabazz Napier was impressive with four helpers in 13 minutes. He also made one-of-three three-pointers, despite badly missing on his first attempt. It was a good sign that he’s got a short memory when it comes to bad decisions or execution. After all, in the Association, you’re only as good (or as bad) as your last possession.

Next up for the Heat, a road matchup tomorrow against the Atlanta Hawks.