Five Stars is a series where I use the GameScore formula to show which players had the most positive impact of the outcome of a game. I track every Heat game. On nights when the Heat don't play, I'll track whoever appeared on the court in last night's matchup. After three games last night, these were the Five Stars.
Jeff Teague 22.1 - Atlanta Hawks
Teague, now in his seventh NBA season after being selected by Atlanta 19th overall in the 2009 NBA Entry Draft, tops our list for last night's performance. He played for 29:45 as the Hawks' starting point guard, shooting seven-of-12 from the field and nine-for-10 from the stripe for a total of 23 points. He dished out eight assists, grabbed four rebounds, and stole the ball once. His offensive rating of 133 ranked second on the club, behind sniper Kyle Korver. The Hawks downed the New York Knicks by a 112-101 final.
Blake Griffin 21.9 - Los Angeles Clippers
Griffin led the NBA with 26 points last night on 11-of-17 shooting. He totaled a double-double by adding 10 rebounds, along with two assists, a steal, and a block. In 26:47, he had a four-for-six night from the foul line, and his 37.0 Usage Percentage was by far the highest such rating in the game. The Clippers ended up downing the Dallas Mavericks by a 104-88 final.
Marc Gasol 18.5 - Memphis Grizzlies
Gasol tied Pacers forward George Hill with a game-high 20 points on a seven-for-13 show from the floor. In 32:21, he also collected eight rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked a shot while hitting six-of-seven free throws. The Grizzlies topped Indiana, 112-103.
Al Horford 18.3 - Atlanta Hawks
Despite Horford having one of the five best performances in the entire league last night, he was only the second best player on his own team after Teague in Atlanta's win against the Knicks. Horford appeared at center for Atlanta for 30:34 altogether, hitting half of his 18 shots from the field as well as half of his two free throws. He added nine rebounds, three blocks, two steals and an assist while draining two-of-five shots from outside the arc for 21 points.
Carmelo Anthony 18.0 - New York Knicks
Despite appearing in a losing effort, Anthony led the Knicks with 31:54 on the court and with 25 points. He made half of his 20 two-point shot attempts, but missed all seven of his three-pointers. Anthony also went five-for-five from the line with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Some other players had very impressive GSP48 totals. This is a metric I designed myself to predict how a player would perform if spread over a 48 minute appearance.
Beno Udrih - Memphis Grizzles
Udrih came off the bench for Memphis and played for just under 1.5 quarters. In 17:48, he drained five-of-six shots from the field. His only miss was from long distance, and he also made a three during his stint. Along with his 13 points, he assisted on six baskets, collected two rebounds, stole the ball once, and made two-of-two from the foul stripe.
C.J. Miles - Indiana Pacers
Miles came off the bench for 20:46 in relief for the Pacers in their nine point loss to the Grizzlies. He was nearly automatic from outside, raining down four successful three-point shots in six tries. He totaled 18 points on the night, going two-of-two from inside and two-of-three from the line.
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