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Five Stars: Hawks 114, Heat 103

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The Heat fell behind 12-1 before deciding to show up, and never got closer than four the rest of the way. They still placed three in the top five.

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First Star

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 21.5

Mario Chalmers was inarguably the first star of the night. He led both teams with 39:51 on the floor, and also had the games’ only double-double. He scored a game high 23 points and collected a game high 11 rebounds. Chalmers also led Miami with a plus-10 rating, made seven-of-11 field goals, all of his eight foul shots, and one-from-three from outside the arc. He would add one rebound, turned over the ball three times, and was called for four fouls.

Second Star

Al Horford (ATL) 19.3

Horford earned the second star of the nightly sinking an extremely efficient eight of his 10 field goals on the night. He was successful on his only three point attempt, made both of his free throws, and finished off with a plus-14 rating. In 28:17 on the floor, he also grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, one steal and one block. He finished with 19 points, turned the ball over once, and was called for three personal fouls.

Third Star

Shawne Williams (MIA) 18.5

Williams spent 32:32 on the floor for the Heat. He scored a team-second high 21 points by sinking eight-of-11 shots, including five-of-six three-pointers. He was the only Heat starter to finish with a positive plus/minus rating, at plus-3, made six rebounds and added an assist, a steal, a blocked shot, a turnover, and five fouls. He makes his second consecutive appearance on our five star series mostly due to his long distance shooting. He has increased his rate to a team-high 52.3% this season, sinking 10-of-13 over the last three games.

Fourth Star

Paul Millsap (ATL) 14.9

Millsap equalled Horford with a team-high 19 points on the night, making seven-of-15 shots and two-of-five three pointers. He drained three-of-six foul shots, narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds, dished two assists, made two steals and blocked one shot. He also had two turnovers and a foul, finishing the night with a plus-2 rating.

Fifth Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 14.5

Deng was fourth on the Heat with 19 points on five-of-12 shooting. He was successful on three-of-five from deep and six-of-seven free throws. He grabbed four rebounds, made one assist and one steal, and turned the ball over once in 35:26.

The Rest

Jeff Teague (ATL) 14.1
Kyle Korver (ATL) 12.8
Shelvin Mack (ATL) 11.8
Chris Bosh (MIA) 11.6
Dennis Schroder (ATL) 11.4
Thabo Sefolosha (ATL) 10.1
Norris Cole (MIA) 9.6
Mike Scott (ATL) 7.5
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 6.4
Pero Antic (ATL) 2.4
Shannon Brown (MIA) 1.6
James Ennis (MIA) 1.2
Chris Andersen (MIA) 0.6
Mike Muscala (ATL) 0.0
Shabazz Napier (MIA) -0.5

Final Thoughts

Having three of the top five players in the game does not guarantee a victory on any night, but Atlanta had seven out of the top 11 gamescores. It also doesn’t hurt to have eight players score in double figures.

Chris Bosh had a better showing than in the last game, but still wasn’t quite what the Heat need to come out on top this season. He made seven-of-19 shots and posted a game-worst minus-22 on the floor. In spite of all that, he scored 20 with eight rebounds.

Norris Cole dished out a season high eight assists on the night.

Atlanta topped Miami in field goal percentage, 56% to 47.4%, but Miami made 10-of-21 three-pointers on the night. Atlanta drained 11-of-28.

Miami clearly missed Dwyane Wade's presence on the floor. The 10-time all-star missed his first game of the season after playing in the first nine.