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Using the GameScore metric available at www.basketball-reference.com, we can break down each players' performance from last night's thriller.

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First Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 24.6

Deng led all players with 37:49 on the floor, and also scored a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists and a block. He shot 10-for-14 from the floor, also showing efficiency from outside with a two-for-three night. He hit four out of his five fouls shots, committed two fouls and earned a Heat-high plus-6 rating on the night.

Definitely an experience - Deng

Second Star

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 22.5

Chalmers played two seconds less than Deng, spending 37:47 on the court and scoring 20 points with 10 assists. He shot one-of-four from deep and hit all four of his shots from inside the arc, all in the paint. He also sank nine-of-10 foul shots, added four rebounds, a steal, and a block. He turned the ball over three times and committed a foul, ending his night with a plus-3 rating.

Third Star

Al Jefferson (CHO) 20.1

Jefferson earned the only double-double of the night for the Hornets, scoring 22 points while grabbing 12 boards. Three of his rebounds were offensive, as he shot nine-of-17 from the field and four-of-five from the stripe. Jefferson also stole the ball twice and didn't turn the ball over or commit a foul, finishing with a plus-2 rating.

We had our shots. We had the shots we wanted. We just didn't make them. - Jefferson

Fourth Star

Kemba Walker (CHO) 12.4

Walker played for 35:48, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. He committed three turnovers and three fouls with a plus-2 rating, hitting 2-of-6 from outside the arc and 6-for-15 overall, also hitting both of his free throws.

Walker missed a short jumper with just a few seconds left, the shot that Jefferson collected for his tip-in miss as the clock expired:

I got a pretty good look - Walker

Five Stars

Lance Stephenson (CHO) 10.5

Miami's favorite villain was good for 17 points, six rebounds and five assists on the night. He shot seven-of-14 from the field, making only one of his six three point attempts. He made two-of-four foul shots, stole the ball once against three turnovers, and committed five fouls with a minus-4 rating on the night.

The Rest

Cody Zeller (CHO) 10.5
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 9.6
Chris Bosh (MIA) 8.3
Marvin Williams (CHO) 5.6
Gerald Henderson (MIA) 5.3
Shawne Williams (MIA) 5.0
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 4.3
Gary Neal (CHO) 2.9
James Ennis (MIA) 1.2
Brian Roberts (CHO) 0.6
Josh McRoberts (MIA) 0.1
Chris Andersen (MIA) 0.0
Bismack Biyombo (CHO) -1.4
Shannon Brown (MIA) -5.0

Around the NBA

First Star

Marc Gasol (MEM) 26.5

The Grizzlies really took it to the Clippers last night, to the tune of 107-91. First Star of the night Marc Gasol had game leading figures of 30 points, 12 rebounds, and a plus-20 rating. He sank 13-of-18 shots from the field along with four-of-five foul shots. He had two blocks, an assist, two fouls, and a turnover.

Second Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 24.6

Third Star

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 22.5

Fourth Star

Marreese Speights (GSW) 22.1

Speights came off the bench to help lead the Warriors to a 91-86 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged over a point per minute, scoring 28 points in 25:03 of court time, shooting 11-for-18 overall with no three-point attempts. He made six-of-nine from the charity stripe, with three offensive and seven total rebounds, two assists, and three personal fouls. Oddly, he also earned a team-worst minus-9 rating.

Fifth Star

Chris Paul (LAC) 21.5

Although the Clippers lost by 16 points, CP3 takes a spot at number five with a 22 point performance. He made seven-of-13 and one-of-two three-pointers, along with all seven free throws. In 34:23, he also had five rebounds, five assists, four steals, three turnovers, and two personal fouls, finishing with a minus-12 rating.

Sixth Star

Al Jefferson (CHO) 20.1

Seventh Star

Ty Lawson (DEN) 17.7

Lawson led the Nuggets to a 101-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. He was tops on the club with a plus-16 rating, playing 42:50 and making half of his two three-point shots and half of his eight shots from inside the arc. He made seven-of-10 free throws, grabbed three rebounds, and had an NBA high 16 assists, along with five turnovers, and three fouls. He finished with 18 points.

Eighth Star

Rajon Rondo (BOS) 15.3

Rondo was the best thing going for Boston in their 94-88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers last night. He scored 13 points on six-of-nine shooting, making one-of-two foul shots. He collected six rebounds, dished out eight assists, and earned two steals. He also finished the game with a minus-5 rating, committed two fouls and turned the ball over twice.

Ninth Star

Robert Sacre (LAL) 15.3

Sacre's Gamescore was over a point higher than teammate Kobe Bryant's (14.0) in less than half the time. He was a very efficient four-for-six from the floor and five-for-six from the line in just 18:09, with three rebounds (two offensive), an assist, three steals, and a block. He finished the night with 13 points, and was the only Laker to finish with a positive rating, at plus-3 as the Lakers lost by seven.

Tenth Star

Klay Thompson (GSW) 14.7

Thompson had the second highest GameScore for the Warriors, behind Speights. He made only six-of-20 shots overall, draining four-of-11 from outside and all four of his foul shots. He gathered eight rebounds, dished out five assists, and finished with a plus-9, scoring 20 points. The Warriors still won by five.

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