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Five Stars: Bulls 93, HEAT 75

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Miami lost their seventh game in 10 tries last night, thanks to a terrible third quarter. Miami places two in the top five for the game.

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First Star

Mike Dunleavy (CHI) 19.7

Dunleavy earned the ninth highest GameScore in the NBA last night, totaling a game-high 22 points on eight-of-11 shooting, including a four-of-five clinic from outside. He also made both of his free throws. In addition, he had four defensive rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots, along with a plus-8 rating, two fouls and a turnover in 29:56 on the floor.

With what we have, there shouldn't be many nights where we struggle offensively. If the outside shots aren't going, we have many ways to get inside, and we can push the ball. We've got a lot of options. - Dunleavy

Second Star

Jimmy Butler (CHI) 17.1

Butler played 36:40 for the Bulls, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. He had a game-high plus-24 rating, shooting four-of-10 from the field and missing his only three point attempt. He scored more of his points from the charity stripe, making nine-of-10 foul shots. He also had two fouls and two turnovers.

Third Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 15.9

Deng earned Miami's top star for the evening, with the 17th highest GameScore in the NBA. He matched Dwyane Wade for tops on the Heat with 17 points, shooting six-of-14 and one-of-three from outside. He made all four of his foul shots, posted a minus-8 rating, and pulled down 10 rebounds (four on the offensive side of the court). In addition, he had two blocks, an assist, a steal, a turnover, and one foul.

Fourth Star

Taj Gibson (CHI) 15.8

Gibson led all Bulls with 38:18 of floor time, and scored 15 points shooting five-of-eight with no three-point shot attempts. He made all five of his free throws and the team was plus-12 with him on the floor. He added five offensive and four defensive rebounds, along with an assist, two blocked shots, a steal, a foul, and three turnovers.

Fifth Star

Norris Cole (MIA) 12.9

Miami's de facto floor General played 39:48, more than any other player. He only hit three-of-10, missing both of his three pointers, but he made all four of his free throw shot attempts. He added a Heat best rating of zero (even), with six dimes, five boards, three steals, no turnovers, and one foul.

The Rest

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 7.9
Derrick Rose (CHI) 7.7
Justin Hamilton (MIA) 5.7
Chris Andersen (MIA) 4.0
Nikola Mirotic (CHI) 2.9
Dwyane Wade (MIA) 2.9
Aaron Brooks (CHI) 2.8
E’Twaun Moore (CHI) 2.7
Pau Gasol (CHI) 1.7
Danny Granger (MIA) 1.6
Shawne Williams (MIA) 1.3
Cameron Bairstow (CHI) 0.0
Tony Snell (CHI) 0.0
Nazr Mohammed (CHI) -1.0
James Ennis (MIA) -1.4
Udonis Haslem (MIA) -1.5

Dog of the Night

Kirk Hinrich (CHI) 0.4

Hinrich played for the winners last night, but he was almost invisible aside from four rebounds and four assists off the bench. He didn't even attempt a shot - not a one- two- or three-pointer. He was whistled for a game-high four fouls and turned the ball over twice in 30:49.

We can only hope brighter days are right ahead - and getting Chris Andersen back to full speed is a good sign. Still, it seems they can't get ahead without good games from Bosh, Wade, and a point guard.

Tune in tomorrow for Miami's visit to play the Brooklyn Nets.