Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 23.1
For the third time in seven games this season, Whiteside earned top honors in the Five Stars, although he's still behind Chris Bosh in the overall standings. Six Heat players were on the floor more than he was, 24:38, but he had a game-high 11 rebounds (six on the offensive boards) and six blocks (the other 23 players combined for seven). He shot eight-of-15 from the field and added a steal, finishing with 20 points and a plus-2 rating, but his most impressive stat of the night may have been his four-of-five success rate from the foul line. Let's hope he can keep it up.
We changed defense into offense, got out and ran and played how we should play. - Whiteside
Chris Bosh (MIA) 19.6
Bosh poured in a game-high 23 points in 30:14. He made eight-of-14 shots overall, including a very healthy four-for-seven from beyond the arc, along with three-of-five free throws. His plus-15 rating ranked first amongst starters, and he added eight rebounds, an assist and a steal in the winning effort.
They're scrapping. And that's what it's about. - Bosh, on Miami's second unit
Jonas Valanciunas (TOR) 14.6
Valanciunas led the Raptors with 17 points on eight-of-12 shooting. He went one-of-two from the line with five rebounds and a steal. He closed his night with a minus-7 rating In 28:48.
We turned the ball over a little too much and that got them out in transition. - DeMar DeRozan
Kyle Lowry (TOR) 11.7
Lowry had a Carmelo-like performance from the field, going four-for-16 overall and five-of-six from the stripe. His 25% shooting success rate translated to his having gone two-for-eight from both inside and outside the three-point line of demarcation. He posted a game-high eight assists on the night, adding six boards and a steal to Toronto's effort in 36:52. His minus-16 rating was the lowest of any player.
They kept chipping away, playing their game, and they got a lot of easy buckets. - Lowry
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 9.1
Chalmers ended up on the Five Stars through his peripheral statistics, with seven rebounds and six assists in 25:10. He garnered his first appearance on the Five Stars this season by earning a plus-18 rating on the night, scoring nine points on three-of-eight shooting with a steal and a blocked shot. He also made all three of his free throw attempts.
Five Stars Standings
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