Fifth Star: Josh McRoberts
McRoberts registered the only double double of the game, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 42:17. He shot just three-of-eight from the field, mostly due to his poor night from outside the arc (one-for-five). He had five assists, a steal, a block, and hit three-of-four free throw attempts. His game score of 10.6 ranked him second on the Bobcats.
Fourth Star: Norris Cole
The only bench player amongst the top five, Cole made his mark by scoring 13 points on four-of-six shooting in 31:41 of floor time. He shot two-of-three from deep with four helpers and one steal. He also made all three of his free throw attempts. He registered a ridiculous game-high offensive rating of 183, and ranked second on the Heat with a 110 defensive rating. He finished with a 13.4 game score. Cole's performance was his second best of the season. He posted a 13.5 on January 10th, playing 52 minutes in the Heat's 104-95, double overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets, when he scored 18 with seven assists.
Third Star: Chris Bosh
Bosh went seven-of-12 from the field in 30:15, finishing with 17 points. He went one-of-two from beyond the arc, with a two-for-three night from the line (that's nine-for-13 from long distance through the series, for those counting). He also grabbed eight rebounds and three assists and finished with a plus-8 rating and a 14.9 game score.
Second Star: Kemba Walker
The Al Jefferson-less soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets couldn't be saved by Kemba Walker's valiant effort. The UCONN product scored a Bobcats high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including a four-for-seven clinic from behind the three-point line. He went three-for-five from the charity stripe, gathering five boards, dishing out five helpers, stealing two passes and rejecting three shots. Against most other teams on most other nights, his 25.8 game score would easily be the best performance of the game. Of course, if the games' first star finished with that game score, it would be his fourth best game score of the series.
First Star: LeBron James
James had another night to write home about. It was his 64th playoff performance where he scored at least 30 points. He finished with 31 on 10-of-19 shooting (including one-of-five from outside) along with nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals and a block in 42:54. He hit 10-of-12 free throws, led the game with a plus-12 rating and a 29.8 game score.
It seems to me that we have the better part of a week to contemplate Miami's next opponents. Make sure you keep it tuned in here at Hot Hot Hoops for all the Heat news that's worth reading. For more on the Bobcats, go to Rufus on Fire. Miami's prospective second round opponents are at Toronto HQ and Nets Daily.