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Five Stars: Heat 107, Raptors 102

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Using the GameScore metric, we dig into who were the big heroes in last night's contest. As in the first two games, three play for Miami.

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First Star

Dwyane Wade 20.7

Wade looked like the Wade of 2006 and then some last night, collecting the fourth highest GameScore across the NBA. It was looking for a bit like he'd rack up a triple-double, but he settled for 19 points on a seven-for-11 shooting clinic, including one long distance bomb on one attempt. He went four-for-six from the stripe, with a game-high tying 11 rebounds (four offensive!). He also made a game high seven assists and blocked two shots by much taller guys along with three turnovers and two fouls in 31 minutes. Not bad for the old guy who had to sit out a third of last season due to his knees, especially on the second night of a back-to-back. His offensive rating clocked in at a healthy 137, second on the Heat only to Shawne Williams (who just missed the top five on the night). His plus-10 rating was second amongst Miami players.

Second Star


DeMarr DeRozan 20.6

DeRozan was second to Wade by only the slimmest of margins. He scored a game-high 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting, also hitting his only three point shot. He sunk seven-of-12 free throws, stole the ball four times, collected three rebounds (one offensive), and made one assist with two turnovers and a foul in 41 minutes. His minus-3 rating was best amongst Raptors starters.

Third Star


Chris Bosh 17.2

Bosh didn't earn the first star for the first time this season, but the NBA still selected him as one of the co-players of the week. He earned his second double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 21 points on five-of-13 shooting, with one-of-two from deep. He hit 10-of-13 free throws, grabbed 11 boards (one offensive), made four assists, one steal, and three turnovers. He had a plus-4 rating in a Heat-high 38 minutes on the floor.

Fourth Star


Luol Deng 15.2


Deng's first appearance on our Five Stars series was marked by a team high plus-12 rating in 37 minutes of floor time. He racked up 18 points on eight-of-14 shooting, missing his only two three point shot attempts. He made half of his four free throws, had two boards on each the offensive and defensive side of the floor, and dished out three assists with a block and a steal also to his credit. He didn't turn the ball over, and finished the night with three personal fouls.

Fifth Star

Kyle Lowry 14.2

Lowry come up pretty big for the Raptors in his 37 minutes, scoring 22 points on seven-of-11 shooting. He made one-of-two three-point shots and seven-of-13 from the line. He added three assists and two rebounds (one offensive), along with two turnovers and four personal fouls.

The Rest


Shawne Williams 13.0

Jonas Valanciunas 12.8

Shabazz Napier 8.3

James Johnson 6.6

Mario Chalmers 6.1

Greives Vasquez 4.9

Tyler Hansbrough 4.5

Terrence Ross 2.8

Louis Williams 2.5

Norris Cole 0.8

James Ennis 0.8

Shannon Brown 0.6

Justin Hamilton 0.4

Josh McRoberts 0.2

Patrick Patterson -0.9

Chuck Hayes -2.5