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Five Stars: HEAT 104, Clippers 90

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Miami took it to the Clippers in Los Angeles, and can happily boast the top two stars in the entire NBA last night.

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I used the GameScore metric available at www.basketball-reference.com to tabulate who were the big winners and losers in last night's contest.

First Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 27.7 (NBA first)

Bosh led all players last night with 39:06 on the court, and tied Damian Lillard with a league high 34 points on 13-of-20 shooting. He hit two-of-five from outside, six of his seven free throw attempts, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out two assists. He finished his night with a plus-5 rating, one foul and one turnover. He scored at least six points in every quarter, including 11 with three rebounds in the third. He played all 12 minutes in the first and third frames.

He changed shots down low on defense and got us offensive rebounds, putbacks, dunks, layups, and did a really good job of controlling the paint. - Bosh, talking about second star of the night Hassan Whiteside

Second Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 25.7 (NBA second)

Whiteside started out hot, making five-of-six in the first quarter with six rebounds. He eventually made 10-of-13 from the field, and again had a career night (what's that three in the last few weeks? four?). He scored 23 points, with 16 rebounds (five offensive), two blocks, two steals, and a game-high plus-26. He didn't turn the ball over, but was whistled for five fouls in his 28:43.

It means a lot. It's crazy that I'm on a team called the Heat because there's always been a flame inside me. I always try to come in and just play as hard as I can and keep proving people wrong. - Whiteside

and...

We didn't look at him before, me and 29 other teams. He's playing terrific. - Clippers coach Doc Rivers

Third Star

Chris Paul (LAC) 18.3 (NBA seventh)

Paul's statistics would have justified the first star in a lot of games, but he was only third best on the floor against Miami. He shot nine-of-17 from the floor, scoring 23 with nine rebounds and three assists. He shot three-of-eight from beyond the arc, made both of his free throws, was called for four fouls, turned the ball over twice, and racked up a minus-8 rating. He played 35:59 on the night.

Fourth Star

Blake Griffin (LAC) 17.4 (NBA eighth)

Griffin is no joke. He led the Clippers with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, making a triple in three attempts and knocking down five-of-seven from the stripe. In 28:52, he also collected six boards with three helpers, four fouls and two turnovers, finishing up with a minus-5 rating.

That's the thing that is so frustrating. We started the game well and just didn't do a good job after that. - Griffin who was remarking on the Clippers inability to stay the course after starting the game with a 19-6 lead.

Fifth Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 15.3

Wade earned the second of Miami's double-doubles on the night, with 17 points and 10 assists. He played 35:41, going plus-19 on five-of-15 shooting. He missed both of his shots from distance, and sunk seven-of-nine from the line. He made four rebounds, one steal, two turnovers and one foul.

He's been a game changer ever since he put on a Heat jersey. We needed that. We've been looking for that big guy for a while. - Wade, singing Whiteside's accolades.

The Rest

Norris Cole (MIA) 9.7
JJ Redick (LAC) 8.9
Matt Barnes (LAC) 7.5
Luol Deng (MIA) 6.2
Chris Andersen (MIA) 4.6
James Ennis (MIA) 4.0
Jordan Farmar (LAC) 3.1
DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 2.2
Glen Davis (LAC) 1.3
Danny Granger (MIA) 1.2
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 1.1
Spencer Hawes (LAC) 0.4
Chris Douglas-Roberts (LAC) 0.0
Ekpe Udoh (LAC) 0.0
Reggie Bullock (LAC) -0.4
Udonis Haslem (MIA) -3.3

Dog of the Night


Jamal Crawford (LAC) -4.4

Crawford would rather forget this one, I'm sure. In 22:19 off the bench, he made just one-of-nine shots from the field, missing both of his three point shots and making two-of-three from the line for just four points. He earned a team-low minus-13 rating, with two rebounds, an assist and a steal, along with a foul, four turnovers, and two shots blocked-against.

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The HEAT stayed in Los Angeles after last night's game, in order to face tomorrow's opponent, the Lakers. For more on them, head over to Silver Screen and Roll.