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Five Stars: Hawks 112, Heat 102

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Miami fell behind early and often, staying behind the eight-ball pretty much all night. Still, Miami plated three of the five stars from last night's contest.

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I used the GameScore metric available at to rank the best players from last night's game.

First Star

Jeff Teague (ATL) 28.8

Teague had the second best GameScore in the NBA last night by scoring 27 points on a very efficient eight-for-11 performance from the field. He drained three-of-five three-pointers and all eight of his foul shots. Teague finished the game with a plus-1 rating, six assists, five rebounds, and three steals, along with two turnovers and a single foul.

We're just playing hard, and playing as a team. - Teague

Second Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 23.7

Bosh led all players with 37:06 on the floor. He was the only player total more than three quarters of gametime. He earned one of two double-doubles for Miami by scoring 27 points with 11 defensive rebounds. He shot nine-of-12 overall and nailed all three triples that he attempted. He drained six-of-eight foul shots, made one assist, and blocked one shot. On the negative side, he finished at minus-2, turned the ball over twice and committed one foul.

Third Star

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 21.7

Chalmers earned our third star on the night with his third double-double of the season. In 34:48, he scored 19 points with 11 assists, missing two three-pointers but making each of his six two-point shots and seven-of-nine from the line. He had five rebounds, a steal, a block, three turnovers and three fouls. Incredibly, he finished with the highest plus-minus of any player (including Atlanta), at plus-18.

Fourth Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 21.3

Wade got the start and played 34:28. He scored a game-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting, missing two three-pointers and making six-of-nine from the line. He passed out seven assists, grabbed three rebounds, and had two steals with a block. He finished with a minus-8 rating, three fouls, and four turnovers.

The effort is there. It's a little frustrating whenever you lose a ballgame, even more when you lose at home. The only thing we can do now is come back in tomorrow and try to figure out a way to right our wrong. - Wade

Fifth Star

Dennis Schroder (ATL) 14.1

Schroder earned the fifth star of the night even though he played less than four of Atlanta's starting five, at 22:26. He made six-of-nine and finished second on the team with a plus-9 rating. Two of his three long-distance shots were successful, as were both of his free throw attempts. He pitched in three assists, a rebound, and a steal, along with one turnover to go with his 16 points.

The Rest

Kyle Korver (ATL) 13.6
Paul Milsap (ATL) 9.7
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 7.1
Thabo Sefolosha (ATL) 6.6
Mike Scott (ATL) 6.3
Al Horford (ATL) 5.3
Shelvin Mack (ATL) 5.0
Josh McRoberts (MIA) 3.3
Luol Deng (MIA) 2.4
Shawne Williams (MIA) 1.8
James Ennis (MIA) 1.5
DeMarre Carroll (ATL) 0.9
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 0.4
Justin Hamilton (MIA) 0.3
Kent Bazemore (ATL) 0.0
Danny Granger (MIA) -1.8

Some Notes

Korver just missed out on the final star with 18 points and six rebounds. His three-in-seven display from long distance actually brought his season three-point percentage from 55% down to 53%.

Aside from the second, third, and fourth stars, the Heat didn't have anyone else within shouting distance of the top five. The best of the rest was Shabazz Napier. His stats really don't reflect very much positive - seven points and four fouls in 32:22, with only a pair of assists to his credit. It seems that out of Miami's three quick and speedy guards, only one can play good on any given night.

Danny Granger was invisible in 9:08 off the bench, with zero points and one foul, but the Dog of the night goes to:


Pero Antic (ATL) -2.7

Antic had a night that he'd probably prefer to forget. He played nearly 20 minutes, made three turnovers, four fouls, and one-of-four shots for a total of four points.