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Last night the Heat invaded Brooklyn and took a four point win. Who were the heroes?

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

I used the GameScore metric available at www.basketball-reference.com to rank each of the competitors in last night's game.

First Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 18.5

Last night, Wade battled through a stomach ailment to earn the first star of the night, with the ninth highest GameScore in the NBA. The perennial all-star shooting guard and sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer played 36:06, making 12-of-24 shots from the field and one-of-four three-point shot attempts. He also made three-of-four free throws, posted a minus-9 rating, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists, and made one steal. He turned the ball over twice and committed two personal fouls.

I had three pieces of toast and two bananas. That's all I had to eat today, but it got me through. If I'm going to be out here I might as well do something. Otherwise I might as well have stayed in the hotel. - Wade

Second Star

Mason Plumlee (BKN) 16.9

Plumlee's GameScore was 10th league-wide, right behind Wade on the big board last night. The starting center played 32:12 altogether, leading the Nets with 21 points on an efficient eight-of-12 performance. He wasn't as neat at the foul line, making only five of his eight attempts. He had nine rebounds, five of them offensive along with a block, a steal, and an assist. He ended up earning a rating of minus-4, with two fouls and a game-high tying four turnovers.

Third Star

Deron Williams (BRK) 16.8

The Nets' starting floor general wasn't so good from the field, making only four-of-12 shots overall and just one-of-five from outside, but he made up for it with a game-high 11 assists. That was good for second in the NBA, only to John Wall's 17 helpers. He also made six-of-seven from the stripe, with one rebound, two steals, two turnovers and a foul, ending his night with a plus-3 rating.

Williams spoke later about the "rain delay."

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Fourth Star

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 13.3

Chalmers came off the bench to play a little one- and a little two-guard, staying on the court for a total of 31:12. He scored 10 points on a modest two-of-three from the field, and made all six of his foul shots. He led the team with five assists, collecting seven rebounds, four steals and a plus-8 rating. He was whistled five times and turned the ball over thrice.

Fifth Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 11.3

Deng led all players with an NBA-high 40:40 on the floor. He hit five-of-13 shots overall, with two-of-seven successful attempts from deeper. He went six-of-eight from the line, scoring 18 points with six rebounds, four assists and a steal. He was the only Miami starter with a positive plus-minus rating, finishing with a mark of plus-1 along with two fouls, four turnovers, and this questionable no-call:

The biggest thing is to make the first one. To me it wasn't two free throws, it was just worry about this one. Once I made it, my mindset was make this one and it's now a two-possession game. - Deng speaking about his last two free throws, which set the final score.

The Rest

Joe Johnson (BRK) 9.4
Sergey Karasev (BRK) 8.6
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 8.3
Chris Andersen (MIA) 7.9
Shawne Williams (BRK) 6.1
Kevin Garnett (BRK) 3.9
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 3.0
Jarrett Jack (BRK) 2.7
Bojan Bogdanovic (BRK) 2.5
Mirza Teletovic (BRK) 2.2
Jerome Jordan (BRK) 1.9
Justin Hamilton (MIA) 0.8
Darius Morris (BRK) 0.0
Alan Anderson (BRK) -0.2
James Ennis (MIA) -1.0
Cory Jefferson (BRK) -1.8

Dog of the Night

Norris Cole (MIA) -0.8

If you're going to play starter minutes, this is not the kind of output that will endear you to your teammates, the fans, or the coaching staff. Cole scored four points on two-of-eight shooting in 30:59 as Miami's starting point guard. He missed all three of his outside shots and both of his foul attempts, pitching in a single assist. He also had three rebounds and a steal along with two fouls and a turnover.

Check back later as the Heat welcome the Utah Jazz to the AAA.