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After wrapping up their back-to-back with a win and a loss, which players stood out in the absence of Dwyane Wade?

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Milwaukee Bucks 91, Miami Heat 84

First Star

Brandon Knight (MIL) 14.4

The first star on Sunday night was Brandon Knight. In a team leading 34:15, he led the Bucks with 20 points and with four assists. He shot seven-for-13 overall, four-for-seven from outside, and hit both of his foul shots. He would also nab five boards, gather a steal, get called for four personal fouls, turn the ball over three times, and post a game-high plus-11 rating.

We want to continue to build off it - Knight, who's team won only 15 games all of last season.

Second Star

Shawne Williams (MIA) 11.5

Miami didn't have anyone do really good, but they had six guys in double figures. The best of the bunch was Shawne Williams, who earned Miami's only double double of the game. He scored 13 points on five-of-nine shooting in 26:18, sinking half of his six three-pointers. He finished the night with a game-worst minus-11 rating and was called for five fouls. He grabbed 11 rebounds and distributed one assist.

Third Star

Jabari Parker (MIL) 11.4

Parker earned the third star of the night by scoring 13 points with six rebounds in 33:04. He made five-of-11 field goals and missed his only three point shot, making three-of-four free throws. He made two steals with an assist, finishing the game at plus-9.

You can't get complacent. We're doing some good things early in the season, but that doesn't put us in the playoffs. - Parker

Fourth Star

James Ennis (MIA) 11.4

Ennis makes the five stars for the first time this season. He came off the bench and played 24:30, scoring nine points on four-of-six shooting, making one-of-two from outside. He grabbed three rebounds, made three assists and acquired two steals, finishing the night at minus-2.

Fifth Star

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 11.0

Chalmers led Miami with 18 points, shooting seven-for-13 shots successfully, including his only three point attempt. He made three-of-four foul shots, five assists, grabbed two rebounds, one steal, and fouled out in the fourth quarter. He turned the ball over three times on the night and posted a minus-9 rating.

The Rest

Khris Middleton (MIL) 8.4
Zaza Pachulia (MIL) 8.2
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 6.9
Luol Deng (MIA) 6.9
Norris Cole (MIA) 6.6
Larry Sanders (MIL) 6.2
OJ Mayo (MIL) 5.9
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 5.8
Chris Bosh (MIA) 4.8
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 3.5
Nate Wolters (MIL) 2.3
Ersan Ilyasova (MIL) 0.8
Jared Dudley (MIL) 0.0
Chris Andersen (MIA) 0.0
Jerryd Bayless (MIL) -0.2
John Henson (MIL) -2.7

Stray Thoughts

  • Chris Bosh just couldn't get it going. He made two shots out of 17 on the night, finishing with 10 points in a game-high 38 minutes. His saving grace on the night was his five blocked shots.
  • Norris Cole made one-of-five two-point shots, but went three-from-five from outside.
  • In spite of matching the Bucks with 40 rebounds, the Bucks owned Miami in the paint, scoring 46 to only 24 for the Heat.
  • Miami led by as many as 12 points, owning a 42-30 lead two minutes prior to halftime.

Miami Heat 95, Brooklyn Nets 83

First Star

Bojan Bogdanovic (BKN) 17.7

Bogdanovic played five minutes more than anyone else - spending 41:25 on the floor. He was nearly automatic from deep, draining four-of-five three pointers and making eight-of-11 shots overall. He made both of his free throw attempts, had three rebounds, one assist and one steal, and finished with a Nets high 22 points. On the night, he finished at minus-10, turning the ball over twice and committing three personal fouls.

Second Star

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 16.6

Chalmers led the Heat with a game-high equalling 22 points, on five-of-12 shooting. For only the third time in his career, he attempted 10 or more free throws, finishing with 11 on a career high 13 tries. He only made one-of-five three-pointers, and made five assists, three rebounds, and two steals. He finished with a plus-4 rating on the night, and turned the ball over three times with four fouls.

We needed this game tonight. After the losing streak we were on, it's good to get on the road and get a big win like this. - Chalmers

Third Star

Deron Williams (BKN) 13.0

In 33:44, Williams dished out a game-high seven assists. He didn't have a particularly good night from the field, only making four-of-13 shots, including two-of-eight from downtown. He made four-of-five free throws, collected five rebounds, made four steals and blocked a shot. He finished with a minus-9 rating, turning the ball over three times with four fouls.

Fourth Star

Jarrett Jack (BKN) 11.9

Jack played 23:39, making five-of-nine shots from the field, one-of-one from the perimeter, and all four of his foul shots. He had a minus-9 rating on the night, with four assists, four fouls, a steal and a turnover. He finished the night with 15 points, good for second on the Nets.

Fifth Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 11.5

Ever since Dwyane Wade has been laid up, Chris Bosh hasn't been his normal, dependable self. He was marginally better on Monday night, sinking five shots in 11 overall, including one-of-two three pointers, as well as all four of his free throw attempts. He collected a game high nine rebounds, and added an assist, a steal, one turnover, and five fouls.

I take pride in every win, but especially today. We had every excuse to just lay to the side, but we have passionate guys. We have great dudes who want to compete every night, and tonight was a prime example. - Bosh

The Rest

James Ennis (MIA) 10.7
Mizra Teletovic (BKN) 8.0
Norris Cole (MIA) 7.8
Chris Andersen (MIA) 6.7
Shawne Williams (MIA) 5.3
Kevin Garnett (BKN) 5.2
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 5.0
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 3.5
Mason Plumlee (BKN) 3.4
Jerome Jordan (BKN) 3.3
Joe Johnson (BKN) 2.6
Andre Dawkins (MIA) 1.9
Brook Lopez (BKN) 1.0
Danny Granger (MIA) 0.2
Alan Anderson (BKN) -3.1

Stray Thoughts

  • With Deng, Wade, and McRoberts all continuing to sit out, the Heat has had to rely on other sources for their continuing game plan. That plan centers around Bosh, who has been anything but solid for the last four games. Danny Granger had his chance last night, but was almost a non-factor, scoring four points with a block and two fouls, contributing zero rebounds, assists, and steals in 20 minutes on the floor.
  • James Ennis nearly joined the top five, missing by less than a point. He had 10 points and eight rebounds for Miami.
  • Free throws were one thing that won it for the Heat. They got to the line 27 times to 26 for the Nets, but made 24 to only 16 for Brooklyn.
  • Miami outrebounded a much bigger Brooklyn team, 41-to-35.
  • Three minutes into the second period, the Nets had built a 27-19 lead, their biggest of the night.

Next up for the Heat, the Los Angeles Clippers visit Miami at 8:00PM, Thursday night.