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Five Stars: Raptors 107, Heat 104

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The Heat are still in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but only by the skin of their teeth.

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Five Stars is a series which uses the GameScore metric to rank every player who took part in each Heat game. I used to crunch the numbers, and here's what I found.

First Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 23.4

The old man scored a game high 30 points on nine-of-20 shooting, making one-of-two from range in 33 minutes. He also visited the foul line 14 times, making 11 of them. He would add six boards (four offensive), five assists, and a block, leading Miami with a plus-8 rating on the night. Wade was whistled for four fouls and turned the ball over once in his time.

Second Star

Lou Williams (TOR) 20.9

Williams scored 20 points by halftime, and finished with a Toronto-high 29 overall. He played 29 minutes, sinking nine-of-18 from the floor and a very impressive four-of-seven from long distance, also making all seven of his free throw attempts. He also had two assists and one rebound, along with a game-high plus-20 rating. He was called for two fouls overall, and did not turn the ball over.

Third Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 17.2

Whiteside had a double-double at halftime (12 points, 11 rebounds), and totaled 16 points with 18 rebounds on the night. Eight of his boards were collected from the offensive glass, as he made six-of-eight from the field. His tragic four-for-16 night from the foul line is the enduring weak point of his game. In 35 minutes, Whiteside rejected six Raptor's shots, with one steal, four fouls, three turnovers and a plus-4 rating.

Fourth Star

DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 15.7

DeRozan made seven-of-17 shots from the field and nine-of-11 from the stripe, making his only three-point shot attempt. In 36 minutes, he pulled down six defensive boards with four steals and two assists to go with his 24 point night. DeRozan was also called for four fouls and made four turnovers, posting a team-low minus-6 rating.

Fifth Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 14.7

Dragic started out strong, with a dozen points in the first period for the Heat. He scored 22 points on eight-of-16 shooting, going three-of-seven from deep and three-of-three from the line. The older Dragic dished out five assists with two rebounds and a turnover, fouling out with a plus-1 rating in a game-high 38 minutes.

The Rest

Patrick Patterson (TOR) 8.3

Greivis Vasquez (TOR) 8.1

Luol Deng (MIA) 7.4

Kyle Lowry (TOR) 6.9

Chuck Hayes (TOR) 6.3

Chris Andersen (MIA) 6.2

Terrence Ross (TOR) 6.2

Tyler Hansbrough (TOR) 4.3

Michael Beasley (MIA) 3.6

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 3.1

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 0.6

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 0.6

Jonas Valanciunas (TOR) 0.5

James Johnson (TOR) 0.3

Zoran Dragic (MIA) 0.0

Dog of the Night

James Ennis (MIA) -1.6

Ennis was invisible in his 16 minutes on the floor for the Heat. He missed his only shot attempt (a three-pointer) and collected one rebound. He earned a minus-6 rating and was called for three fouls in his time.

There's still hope for Miami to squeeze into the postseason picture, but there's no room for squirming. Any Heat loss, or one-in-three wins for both Boston and Brooklyn will eliminate Miami, and that's not even counting the Pacers. At any rate, keep your browser tuned to Hot Hot Hoops for everything to do with the Heat. The Magic visit Miami tomorrow night at 7:30 PM in the second to last regular season game of 2014-15.