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Five Stars: Heat 89, Pacers 87

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Last night, the Heat faded fast in the fourth quarter, but stayed in it just enough to earn a win over the Pacers by two.

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I used the GameScore metric from www.basketball-reference.com to rank the best contributors from last night's contest.

First Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 19.3

Deng was far and away the most efficient and effective player on the floor last night for either team. He led all players with 35:08 on the floor and 23 points. He shot nine-of-13 overall, including a perfect three-for-three from outside and two-for-two from the stripe. He turned the ball over once and committed two fouls, also dishing out three assists and grabbing five boards on the night. Despite his success, he was the only Miami starter to finish with a negative plus-minus rating, at minus-2.

We're lucky they ran out of time. First half we were great. Second half they were great. It was two completely different halves. - Deng

Second Star

CJ Watson (IND) 12.4

Watson, Indiana's starting point guard, played 26:44 last night and scored 13 points on three-of-six shooting from the field. He went two-of-three from beyond the arc, and five-of-six from the free throw line. Watson also had the worst plus-minus of any player, at minus-13, and pitched in with four rebounds, two assists, and a steal with three personal fouls.

Lot of heart, lot of fight. We battled back in a game down 21 to give ourselves a chance to tie it up. Very proud of the group that did that. - Pacers coach Frank Vogel

Third Star

Luis Scola (IND) 11.5

Scola led the Pacers with 14 points on five-of-eight shooting, although he only appeared for 15:22. He sunk all four of his free throw attempts, also pitching in seven boards in the losing effort. He posted an even rating with three fouls and a turnover on the night.

Fourth Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 10.9

Bosh started at center for Miami and stayed on the floor for over two-thirds of the game, playing 33:16 in total. He ranked second on the team with 19 points on eight-of-16 shooting, missing all four of his three-point attempts and making all three of his foul shots. He made four rebounds with an assist and a steal, getting called for five fouls and turning the ball over once. He led all Heat players with a plus-12 rating on the night, trailing only George Hill's plus-14.

The way this season has went for us, I don't care if we won by 20 or we won by a point or half a point. We got a win. - Dwyane Wade

Fifth Star

Ian Mahinmi (IND) 9.8

Mahinmi came off the bench for 29:57, making all five of his shots (three two-pointers and two one-pointers) for eight total points. He posted a plus-6 rating on the night and made seven rebounds, with two steals and two blocked shots. Mahinmi also committed three fouls and turned the ball over twice.

What changed in the second half is coming out with some sense of urgency, with some sense of direction and played the Indiana basketball we've normally played the past couple of years. - Indiana guard George Hill

Honorable Mention

Chris Andersen (MIA) 5.6

The Birdman started at the power forward position, playing 28:17 and making his only shot from the field, also making both of his chances at the foul line. What really stands out though was his game-leading 13 rebounds, three of them offensive. It may have made the difference on the traditionally board-starved Heat.

The Rest

George Hill (IND) 9.6
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 8.4
Danny Granger (MIA) 6.7
CJ Miles (IND) 5.7
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 4.5
Rodney Stuckey (IND) 4.0
David West (IND) 3.7
Norris Cole (MIA) 2.9
Dwyane Wade (MIA) 1.0
Solomon Hill (IND) 0.8
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 0.5
Donald Sloan (IND) 0.2
Chris Copeland (IND) 0.0
Roy Hibbert (IND) -1.3
Shawne Williams (MIA) -1.3

Dog of the Night

Damjan Rudez (IND) -4.0

Rudez, who had been averaging 40% from the field through his NBA rookie season, missed all four of his shots from three-point range and did not make any two-point shot attempts. He also turned the ball over twice and committed three fouls. On the defensive end, he swatted two shots and made two steals in his 19:36 on the floor.

Tomorrow the Heat take on the Bulls in Chicago at 1PM.