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Five Stars: Heat 94, Pelicans 88 (OT)

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Miami takes 53 minutes to top the bottom feeding New Orleans Pelicans in a game neither team appeared to really want to play.

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First Star

Anthony Davis (NOP) 26.1

Davis played for an incredible total of 50:11, all but 2:49 of the game racking up 29 points and 15 rebounds as New Orleans' starting power forward. He shot 13-for-29 from the floor, making one-of-two from outside and two-of-three from the foul stripe. Three of his rebounds were offensive, and he added four helpers, four steals, and three blocks, ending up at minus-13 for the game.

That's why I get paid the big bucks, to win games for us down the stretch. I was actually missing shots in the fourth and the team actually did a good job of carrying me. - Davis

Second Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 23.0

Matching up against Davis at power forward, Bosh scored a game-high 30 points in 42:24, hitting 11-of-25 from the field and only two-of-eight from downtown, scoring seven of his points in the five-minute overtime period. He posted a game-high plus-16 rating, making six-of-seven foul shots, collecting 10 rebounds, dishing out four assists and making one steal.

Christmas Day against one of the best in the league. I'm going to rise to the occasion. - Bosh

Third Star

Ryan Anderson (NOP) 14.4

As the Pelican's top sixth man (he ranked third on the team in minutes played, at 37:18), Anderson shot 50% from two-point (four-for-eight) and from three-point distance (three-for-six). He made his only foul shot, totaling 18 points with eight boards, one steal and one dime, closing with an even rating.

Fourth Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 9.2

Whiteside, Miami's starter at center, actually played just under half of the game with 24:31 on the floor and posting a plus-2 rating. He had most of his impact in the first quarter, with six points and 11 rebounds. He made three-of-seven shots from the field and two-of-four from the charity stripe for eight points. His spot as the Fourth Star was conditional on his 17 rebounds (six offensive) and his four blocked shots (he's still leading the NBA with just under four per game). It was also conditional on nobody else really stepping up to join the clear top three stars of the night - he was simply the next best guy, as was the Fifth Star.

When the pressure is highest, that's when they show the most courage. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Fifth Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 9.1

Wade shot just 35% from the field, making seven-of-20 shots and missing both of his three-pointers. He scored a total of 19 points, making five-of-nine from the foul line, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out four assists, stealing the ball once, and finishing the night at minus-2. Starting at shooting guard for the Heat, he played a total of 36:48.

Just an ugly game by both teams, but in this league you've got to win the pretty ones and the ugly ones. It wasn't going right for us - Chris had it going to keep us afloat - but at the end I think it just came down to getting some great stops and we got some timely buckets. - Wade

The Rest

Luol Deng (MIA) 8.8

Eric Gordon (NOP) 8.2

Justise Winslow (MIA) 8.0

Norris Cole (NOP) 7.5

*Beno Udrih (MIA) 6.1

Udrih was very effective in his 12:52 on the floor, scoring four points with four assists, two rebounds and a steal. His production ranked him as the third-best by-minute player in the game, behind Davis and Bosh.

Goran Dragic (MIA) 5.7

Jrue Holiday (NOP) 3.8

Gerald Green (MIA) 3.6

Omer Asik (NOP) 2.3

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 1.6

Tyreke Evans (NOP) 1.0

Alonzo Gee (NOP) -0.2

Dante Cunningham (NOP) -0.4

Five Stars Standings



Chris Bosh


Hassan Whiteside


Dwyane Wade


Goran Dragic


Luol Deng


Tyler Johnson


Gerald Green


Beno Udrih


Justise Winslow


Josh McRoberts


That's that for your Christmas Day edition of the Five Stars Series. The Heat will get back after it tomorrow night in a road matchup against the Orlando Magic. The Bird Writes has more on the Pelicans, and Orlando Pinstriped Post has Magic news.