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Five Stars: Pistons 99, Heat 98

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The Heat looked like it was headed for a win, but handed the game to Detroit by way of a late 21-to-5 Pistons run.

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First Star

Reggie Jackson (DET) 20.6

Detroit's starting point guard posted the sixth highest GameScore in the Association last night, almost getting an "ugly" triple-double (29 points, 11 assists, seven turnovers). He shot 11-of-18 overall and two-of-four from outside, making five-of-seven from the foul line. He also pitched in with three defensive rebounds and a steal, getting whistled for five fouls with a plus-20 rating overall in 37:33.

Second Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 19.8

Miami's starting point guard finished just behind Detroit's in terms of efficiency last night. Dragic ranked second on the Heat with a 142 Offensive Rating, scoring 21 points on seven-of-12 shooting on the night, also going two-of-four from outside. He made five-of-six from the stripe, along with seven helpers, a pair of rebounds, a block, and a steal. He turned the ball over twice and was called for two fouls, finishing up with a minus-1 rating in 36:35.

Third Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 16.3

Wade played 35:54 last night, and before taking two ill-advised "game saving shot" attempts late in the contest was actually having a pretty good night. He led Miami with 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting before the final five seconds, making two-of-three free throws overall. He had three assists, two rebounds, a block and a steal. He posted a minus-9 rating with two turnovers and three personal fouls.

Fourth Star (tie)

Andre Drummond (DET) 13.7

Drummond had a game high plus-24 rating overall, with Detroit's second double-double of the night. He had 11 points on five-of-eight shooting and made his only free throw attempt, along with 17 rebounds (six offensive), adding three blocks and an assist. Five fouls and two turnovers completed his statline.

Fourth Star (tie)

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 13.7

Whiteside continued his impressive run, with 13 points, 12 rebounds (four offensive), six blocks, and a steal. He shot five-of-nine from the field and three-of-seven from the foul line, with three turnovers, two fouls, and a hard-to-believe minus-27 rating in 31:02. Despite what appeared to be a successful game, Whiteside was the only Miami player to finish with both Offensive and Defensive ratings below the 100 mark (97 and 95, respectively).

The Rest

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (DET) 13.2

Caron Butler (DET) 9.6

Luol Deng (MIA) 8.7

Anthony Tolliver (DET) 6.6

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 6.4

James Ennis (MIA) 6.2

Tayshaun Prince (DET) 5.1

Mario Chalmers (MIA) 4.6

Shawne Williams (DET) 3.3

Joel Anthony (DET) 2.0

Henry Walker (MIA) 1.7

Chris Andersen (MIA) -0.3

Jodie Meeks (DET) -1.4

John Lucas (DET) -2.8

Dog of the Night

Tyler Johnson (MIA) -3.3

Johnson was almost a non-entity in his 12 minutes of floor time last night. He went 0-for-3 from the floor with a rebound and an assist. His minus-2 rating went along with three fouls and a turnover, and he finished with a nearly unfathomable Offensive Rating of 16.

Well, that one's going to leave a mark, but it's still not time to cash in your chips on the season. For more on Detroit, go to Detroit Bad Boys.

Tonight at 6PM, the Heat will take on the Indiana Pacers (more on them, here) at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Keep it here at Hot Hot Hoops for everything Miami Heat!