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Five Stars: Heat 83, Celtics 75

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Miami had the top two players in yesterday's matinee, but Boston had numbers three through seven.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

I used the GameScore metric available at www.basketball-reference.com to tally up the winners and losers of yesterdays matchup.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 16.8

Whiteside continued his takeover of the NBA, leading all players with 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting and nine rebounds (three offensive). He earned a plus-8 rating with three blocked shots and three fouls in 29:48 as Miami's starting center.

When I'm out there, I just produce. I just do my best to really put us in a situation to win. We're missing a couple of teammates, but we're going to try to push through it. - Whiteside

Second Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 15.8

Johnson continued to impress in his extended team tryout by earning the second star on the night. He came off the bench for 27:06, and scored 13 points on four-of-nine shooting. He also made one-of-three from outside, four-of-six free throws, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals to finish the game at plus-8. He did commit a foul and cough the ball up once, so nobody's perfect.

Third Star

Tyler Zeller (BOS) 12.1

Zeller tied for the Boston team lead with 17 points on six-of-13 shooting, adding five free throws on eight attempts. He also kicked in with six rebounds and four assists to go with his two fouls and two turnovers, closing out the game with a minus-5 rating in 31:36.

Fourth Star

Avery Bradley (BOS) 11.5

Bradley tied Zeller for the team lead with 17 points as the Celtics starting guard. He drained eight shots on 15 tries, including one-of-four from deep. He ended up posting a plus-4 rating with four rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with three fouls and two turnovers on the game.

We've got to do a better job of finding our pulse at the defensive end regardless of whether the ball is going in the basket or not. When you miss the number of shots that we missed, I thought we let that affect how much we talked defensively. I could hear the silence and that's a bad thing. - Boston coach Brad Stevens

Fifth Star

Brandon Bass (BOS) 11.1

Bass closes out our top-five spotlight today by playing a game-high 37:33 with 15 points on seven-of-14 shooting. He knocked down one-of-two from the charity stripe, with six rebounds, two blocks and a plus-4 rating on the game. He also committed two fouls.

The Rest

Chris Bosh (BOS) 6.9
Marcus Smart (BOS) 6.9
Chris Andersen (MIA) 6.5
Marcus Thornton (BOS) 5.0
Danny Granger (MIA) 4.9
Jae Crowder (BOS) 3.5
James Ennis (MIA) 3.5
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 3.5
Norris Cole (MIA) 2.9
James Young (BOS) 2.5
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 2.1
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 0.7
Phil Pressey (BOS) 0.6
Gerald Wallace (BOS) -1.4
Evan Turner (BOS) -1.7
Jared Sullinger (BOS) -2.1

Dog of the Night

Shawne Williams (MIA) -3.7

Williams only played 8:51, and only missed one shot (a three-pointer), finishing with a plus-1 rating. The reason he gets the "DOTN" label is due to his somehow collecting five personal fouls in his very limited time on the floor.

Next up for the Heat, the Detroit Pistons, tomorrow night at 7:30 PM.