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Last night's matchup featured three guys who were far and away better than anyone else on the court.

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We utilize the GameScore metric over at www.basketball-reference.com to measure each player's contribution on the court last night.

First Star

Nikola Vucevic (ORL) 30.3

Vucevic played 37:13 last night for the Magic, and scored 33 points by sinking half of his 24 field goal attempt and nine-of-11 free throws. He grabbed 17 total rebounds, including six on the offensive end of the floor, adding an assist and a blocked shot. He earned a minus-8 rating and was called for two fouls on the night.

I'm not really used to guarding players like him. Usually I'm around the paint, trying to help, but with him you can't do that. With Bosh, you have to be really close, and if you help he gets those open shots. He got it going with some open shots and at the end he was unstoppable. - Vucevic

Second Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 23.8

Bosh led all Miami players with 37:48 on the floor, 32 points, and 10 rebounds. He drained 13-for-20 from the field, including four-of-six from outside. He also made both of his free throws, blocked a shot, and finished the night with a game best plus-14 rating. He turned the ball over three times and committed three personal fouls.

I knew how they were playing, and I just wanted to keep switching up on them and not give them the same look. That's when I started popping and getting some open looks. I was able to build a rhythm on that. - Bosh

Third Star

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 22.1

Chalmers continued a string of impressive appearances with his fifth straight Five Star clinching performance. In 33:32, he made 10-of-16 shots, two-of-five three-pointers, and two-of-four foul shots. He also dished out a game-high eight assists, collected five rebounds, and made one steal. While earning a plus-9 rating, he turned the ball over twice and committed two personal fouls.

Fourth Star

Shawne Williams (MIA) 11.6

Williams plays his way into the Five Stars by the result of nobody else playing their way onto it. He was the best of who was left. In 25:49, he made three-of-six shots, including two-of-four long distance shots and two-of-two free throws. He grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists, blocked two shots, made one steal, and finished the evening with a plus-9 rating. He also had a turnover and a foul.

Fifth Star

Elfrid Payton (ORL) 9.3

Payton played 22:31 off the bench for Orlando, and hit four-of-six shots. He had an incredible five steals with three rebounds and four assists to go with his nine points, finishing with a plus-1 rating. On the negative side, he hit one-of-four free throws and was whistled for a game-high four personal fouls, also turning the ball over three times.

The Rest

Victor Oladipo (ORL) 8.3
Channing Frye (ORL) 8.0
Dewayne Dedmon (ORL) 6.4
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 5.3
Evan Fournier (ORL) 5.1
Shannon Brown (MIA) 4.8
Luol Deng (MIA) 4.6
Ben Gordon (ORL) 4.6
Chris Andersen (MIA) 4.2
Maurice Harkless (ORL) 1.9
James Ennis (MIA) -1.1
Josh McRoberts (MIA) -2.1
Willie Green (ORL) -3.3

Across the NBA

First Star

Anthony Davis (NOP) 39.4

Davis had the best night of anyone across the league last night as the Pelicans defeated the Jazz, 106-94. He scored 43 points by going 16-for-23 from the field and making 11 of his 12 free throw attempts. His 14 rebounds included five on the offensive boards, and he also made two steals and a block. He also made two turnovers and was called for one personal foul.

Second Star

Louis WIlliams (TOR) 32.0

Williams came off the bench for the Raptors for 29:26, making nine-of-19 shots from the floor. He sank three-of-eight from outside, and also drained all 15 of his free throws in scoring a career high 36 points. In addition, he had four rebounds, three steals and one assist to go with a single personal foul as the Raptors dismissed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-93.

Third Star

DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 31.5

Cousins led the Kings with 31 points in their 113-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played 39:22 and made 11-of-15 field goals and nine-of-10 foul shots. He collected six offensive and 18 total rebounds on the night, with two assists, two blocks and a steal. He was called for four fouls and turned the ball over three times.

Fourth Star

Nikola Vucevic (ORL) 30.3

Fifth Star

Gordon Hayward (UTA) 26.4

Hayward's performance in the Jazz' 106-94 loss to the Pelicans was overshadowed by Davis' 43 point, 14 rebound night. Nonetheless, Haywardhad a night to remember, with 31 points on nine-of-16 shooting along with eight rebounds. In 38:50, he also made two-of-three three-pointers, 11-of-14 from the charity stripe, dished out three assists, made two steals and blocked one shot. He turned the ball over three times and was called for two fouls.

Sixth Star

James Harden (HOU) 25.4

Harden played 37:06 in leading the Rockets to a 95-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 32 points on eight-of-18 shooting, also going 12-of-13 from the stripe. He had eight rebounds with four assists and two steals while going four-of-nine from deep. He turned the ball over four times and had three fouls on the night.

Seventh Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 23.8

Eighth Star

Andrew Wiggins (MIN) 23.4

Wiggins was outshined last night by DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings, losing 113-101, but still had a noteworthy evening. He scored 29 points with five rebounds, four steals, two assists and a block. He made nine-of-22 from the field and two-of-four from outside, also making nine-of-10 free throws.

Ninth Star


Mario Chalmers (MIA) 22.1

Tenth Star


Kyle Lowry (TOR) 20.8

At first blush, Lowry's night doesn't look like anything to write home about. A five-for-14 performance from the floor. The fact is he controlled the flow for the 11-2 Raptors to finish off the 5-7 Cavaliers, 110-93. He finished the night with 23 points and eight assists, three rebounds and a block. He didn't turn the ball over and was called for three fouls, making two-of-five three-point shots and 11-of-12 foul shots.

Thanks for reading. Tune in for the action tonight as the Heat face off against the Charlotte Hornets at 6PM at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL.