Dwyane Wade 23.3
For Miami's second win in a row, Wade earned the first star. Despite playing the fewest minutes of any other starter for Miami, he led the team with 25 points and with eight assists (versus only two turnovers). In 29:34, he made 11-of-16 shots and three-of-five free throws. He also collected two steals and one rebound.
That's why we get all the headlines, that's why we get paid the most money, to try to come through. We've got to make the right play for the team. - Dwyane Wade, after the game.
Nikola Pekovic 18.5
Pekovic led the Timberwolves last night as the only Minnesota player in the five stars. It wasn't even close. He earned the only double-double of the game for either team, going six-of-10 from the field, making all seven foul shots, and grabbing 11 boards to go along with his 19 points. Four of his rebounds were offensive, and he also added one steal on the night in his 29:40, with with one turnover and two fouls. Minnesota would see better per minute production for their Shabazz, Muhammad. More on him below. In the meantime, check out these game highlights:
After the injury to Ricky Rubio, Minnesota was the first club in nine seasons to start two teenagers, as Zach Levine and Andrew Wiggins opened the game on the floor for the Wolves. They combined for 15 points in 53:30, along with seven rebounds and six assists.
Chris Bosh 17.2
Bosh, along with Wade, have been in the top five players in each of Miami's first six games. He led the team with 35:29 minutes on the floor, scoring 24 points with seven rebounds (two offensive) and two assists. He shot nine-for-21 from the field, missing two three-pointers and making all six of his shots from the foul line.
Eventually, we're going to have to learn how to put away teams when the time is right. - Bosh
Norris Cole 13.8
Cole made his return to the top five by getting his gamescore up to 13.8. He had it in double digits for the first two games before earning less than one in the metric for the last three. He hit four-of-six from the field, along with one-of-two three-pointers to score 11 points. He made both of his foul shots, distributed six assists, collected two rebounds, and stole twice. He committed one foul and one turnover in 31:30 of gametime.
Luol Deng 12.3
Deng played for 31:39, and was the only Miami player to make more than one three-pointer, going perfect in two attempts. He made six-of-nine from the field overall, finishing with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. He also turned the ball over twice and committed three personal fouls.
Gorqui Dieng (MIN) 8.8
Thaddeus Young (MIN) 8.8
Shabazz Muhammad (MIN) 7.9
James Ennis (MIN) 6.6
Udonis Haslem (MIN) 6.0
Zach LaVine (MIN) 5.5
Shawne Williams (MIA) 4.6
Andrew Wiggins (MIN) 4.4
Corey Brewer (MIN) 4.0
Mo Williams (MIN) 3.0
Josh McRoberts (MIA) 1.7
Robbie Hummel (MIN) 1.6
Kevin Martin (MIN) 0.7
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 0.5
Chase Budinger (MIN) -1.9
Mario Chalmers (MIA) -2.6
Cole was better, Chalmers was worse. A lot worse. Mario did manage to dish out four assists in 18:54, but missed all four of his field goal attempts, committed four fouls and turned the ball over five times.
For the Wolves, Shabazz Muhammad made six-of-11 shots in just over 11 minutes on the floor. His 13 points ranked him third on the club, and his point shares per minute ranked second on the floor to just Wade.
Udonis Haslem finally made his 12th season debut for Miami. He was pretty good, too. He had a half dozen rebounds and eight points in just under 14 minutes. He looked like the Haslem of old, and not just old Haslem. He did commit three personal fouls in his abbreviated time on the floor, but he was more good than not.
Tune in later when the Heat continue to entertain us with their sixth game in nine nights. Complicating it, they've been alternating (and will continue to alternate) home and road matches. Check us out at 7:30 tonight for a showdown in Dallas.