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Five Stars: Heat 100, Magic 93 - Miami keeps dream alive for one more night

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Miami keeps their playoff hopes alive with big nights from Hassan Whiteside and Luol Deng.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Five Stars is a series where I use the GameScore metric to rank each player from each Heat game. www.basketball-reference.com, www.nba.com, and www.captaincalculator.com are invaluable in these computations.

First Star

Tobias Harris (ORL) 23.4

Harris played more than anyone on the Heat (he was second on Orlando) with 40:01 on the floor. He was one of only two Magic players who shot better than 50% (along with Maurice Harkless' three-for-five night), shooting 11-for-15 with two-of-four from outside and two-of-three from the line. He also registered Orlando's only double-double, with a dozen rebounds. He added an assist and three personal fouls to go along with his 26 points and minus-8 rating.

Second Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 22.4

Whiteside was one of five Miami players to log over 30 minutes on the court, playing 36:24 and scoring 24 points with 13 rebounds. He shot 10-of-14 overall and made four-of-five foul shots, along with a game-high five blocks, a plus-9 rating, three fouls and two turnovers.

Third Star

Victor Oladipo (ORL) 19.4

Oladipo played a game-high 42:08, scoring a game-high 30 points on 10-of-23 from the field. He only drained two-of-seven from beyond the arc and eight-of-12 from the stripe, with six boards, four steals, two blocks and a helper. He posted a minus-2 rating, with four turnovers and four fouls.

Fourth Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 16.5

Deng rejoins the Five Stars (after weeks of Wade, Dragic and Whiteside appearances only) with MIami's second double-double. He scored 14 points on four-of-11 shooting in 39:41, with 10 rebounds (four offensive), four assists and two steals. He was efficient but not prolific from outside, making two-of-three from deep and four-of-six from the line. He closed his statsheet with a plus-5 rating, along with zero turnovers or fouls.

Fifth Star

Elfrid Payton (ORL) 12.3

Payton played 37:56 and scored 10 points on four-of-nine shooting. He went two-for-three from the line, with seven helpers, three steals, one rebound, a minus-3 rating and two fouls.

The Rest

Goran Dragic (MIA) 12.0

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 11.2

Chris Andersen (MIA) 9.5

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 7.1

Maurice Harkless (ORL) 4.1

Channing Frye (ORL) 2.6

Dewayne Dedmon (ORL) 2.4

James Ennis (MIA) 1.9

Aaron Gordon (ORL) 1.6

Willie Green (ORL) 0.9

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 0.7

Nikola Vucevic (ORL) 0.3

Tyler Johnson (MIA) -0.4

Andrew Nicholson (ORL) -1.6

Dog of the Night

Michael Beasley (MIA) -3.2

Beasley went 0-for-1 in 8:19, scoring zero points with three rebounds, three turnovers and a foul, somehow posting a plus-2 rating with his limited contribution.

Miami's still alive after their second-to-last game of the season, but it's going to be tight if it's going to happen at all. Not only do the Heat have to win their last game (tomorrow night at Philadelphia), but Indiana have to lose tonight at home against the Wizards, then lose to the Grizzlies on the road on Wednesday. The Brooklyn Nets also have to lose their last game of the season, at home against these same Magic. If you consider each game as having a 50-50 outcome, that places the Heat at a playoff chance of 6.25%. www.sportsclubstats.com have an even grimmer outlook, with Miami clocking in at 3.7%.

No matter what happens, though, tune in to Miami's last game of the season, tomorrow night at 8PM ET.