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Five Stars: Hornets 99, Heat 81

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The Hornets outclassed the Heat in Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

First Star

Kemba Walker (CHA) 23.7

Walker played a game-high 31:19 and led the Hornets with 18 points on eight-of-13 shooting, making one-of-two three-pointers and one-of-two from the foul stripe. He added five defensive rebounds, five steals, and four assists starting at point guard for Charlotte, finishing up with a plus-20 rating. His per-minute production would also have rated him as the First Star, with a GSP quotient of 90.8 (it's a home-grown statistic that assumes a 36 minute player with a GS of 30 would earn a 100).

Second Star

Marvin Williams (CHA) 15.0

Williams started at forward for the Hornets and played 22:52. He made four-of-six from distance and three-of-five from inside the arc, with four defensive rebounds and a blocked shot. His plus-16 rating ranked him third for Charlotte.

Third Star

Nicolas Batum (CHA) 14.5

Batum posted a triple-double at shooting guard for the Hornets in only 27:53 with 10 points, 11 assists, and 11 defensive boards. He shot three-of-nine from the field and one-of-four from deep, sinking three-of-four foul shots and adding a steal and a block along with his game-high plus-22 rating.

I'm blessed they've embraced me. - Batum

Fourth Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 13.9

Johnson came off the bench at guard for Miami, and led the team with 29:04 on the floor with a game-high 20 points on six-of-12 shooting. Unfortunately, he went just one-of-five from outside, but did sink seven-of-eight from the charity stripe, along with two assists, a steal, a block and a rebound. His even rating on the night was 12 points better than any Heat starter.

Fifth Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 8.4

The presence of Wade in the Five Stars for this game is just a case of nobody else stepping up. He scored 11 points on five-of-11 shooting with four helpers, a block, and a board. He registered a minus-17 rating in 24:46.

Everybody means well. On the road, you can't come out and spar with them offensively. You've got to get to your game right away. Not that it's going to guarantee a win, but it'll settle us and let us get better shots. - Wade

The Rest

Justise Winslow (MIA) 7.3

Frank Kaminsky (CHA) 7.0

Gerald Green (MIA) 6.9

Cody Zeller (CHA) 6.5

Jeremy Lamb (CHA) 5.8

Josh Richardson (MIA) 5.4

*Troy Daniels (CHA) 5.0

Daniels had five points on two-of-four shooting with an assist and a steal in 8:52.

PJ Hairston (CHA) 4.9

Chris Bosh (MIA) 4.2

*Aaron Harrison (CHA) 3.2

In 6:30, Harrison scored two points with a rebound and a steal.

Luol Deng (MIA) 2.7

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 2.5

Jeremy Lin (CHA) 2.2

Spencer Hawes (CHA) 1.3

Goran Dragic (MIA) 0.9

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 0.7

Tyler Hansbrough (CHA) 0.5

Beno Udrih (MIA) 0.2

Josh McRoberts (MIA) -0.8

Brian Roberts (CHA) -2.4

The Heat will try to rebound (pun intended) against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night in Indianapolis. Tune in to ESPN at 7PM EST for the broadcast, and check here for the GameThread.