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Five Stars: Dallas Mavericks 93, Miami Heat 72

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Dallas had seven of the best nine players in last night's game, but not number one.

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I used the GameScore metric available at www.basketball-reference.com to assign values to each player's performance last night.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 19.4

Whiteside grabbed 14 rebounds in the first eight minutes of the game, and eventually finished with 24 on the night in his 28:30. 10 of them were of the offensive variety, and he also scored 16 points for his sixth double double of the season, making seven-of-11 shots and two-of-three free throws. He posted a minus-7 rating on the night, adding a steal, a block, three fouls and three turnovers.

Speechless - Whiteside, remarking on Miami's second half collapse.

Second Star

Al-Farouq Aminu (DAL) 15.0

Aminu came off the bench to play 29:02 for Dallas, and earned the second star despite ranking fifth in points scored for the team. He hit three-of-five shots, including a miss on his only three-pointer. He also went four-of-six from the stripe, and collected seven rebounds with four steals, two assists, one foul and one turnover. He closed his night with a plus-23 rating.

Third Star

Charlie Villanueva (DAL) 13.5

Villanueva also came off the bench for the Mavs, and totaled 22:35 of floor time. He scored a game-leading 20 points while shooting six-for-11 from deep. Unfortunately, he only went one-of-four from two-point range while collecting five rebounds and blocking one shot. He posted a game-high plus-29 rating, committed one foul and turned the ball over once.

You've got to beat the guys that are out there and Miami is well-coached, they're athletic, they're going to play hard, so we had to take this game. They weren't going to give it to us and that's what we did there in the second half. - Dirk Nowitzki

Fourth Star

Monta Ellis (DAL) 12.5

Ellis led the Mavs with 30:30 in the game, and scored 12 points on a four-of-nine night. He made one-of-two from outside and added three free throws in six attempts. He also pitched in with seven assists, two steals and a rebound, with a plus-5 rating and two fouls.

Fifth Star

James Ennis (MIA) 10.2

Ennis came off the bench to play 32:25. He closed out two dunks on good passing by teammates, mostly in the second and third quarters to finish with 15 points on six-of-12 shooting. He also made three-of-five from outside, finished with a game-worst minus-20 rating and added four rebounds with two fouls.

The Rest

Tyson Chandler (DAL) 10.0
Devin Harris (DAL) 8.4
Rajon Rondo (DAL) 6.4
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) 6.2
Tyler Johnson (MIA) 5.3
Richard Jefferson (DAL) 5.0
Chris Andersen (MIA) 4.0
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 3.2
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 3.0
Greg Smith (DAL) 2.5
Chris Bosh (MIA) 1.8
Justin Hamilton (MIA) 1.4
Jose Barea (DAL) 0.8
Shawne Williams (DAL) -0.2
Norris Cole (MIA) -3.2

Dog of the Night

Danny Granger (MIA) -4.6

Granger started and played 15:48 in total, but did not score. He had a foul, a turnover, a rebound and an assists, posting a minus-1 rating and missing all six of his field goal attempts, including four from outside.

Check back with HHH tomorrow as the Heat take on the Celtics in Boston, at 1PM.