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Injury ravaged Miami came together for a five-point road victory over the Chicago Bulls. Two of the Five Stars represent Miami, and you can probably guess who they are.

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First Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 21.8

Wade scored a game-high 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting in 34:01, also making six-of-eight foul shots. His plus-14 rating ranked him tops amongst Miami's starters, and he also pitched in seven rebounds, a team-high five assists, and a blocked shot. He will join Udonis Haslem, Rony Seikaly, and Alonzo Mourning in Miami's 4,000 rebound club with four more boards.

Early in my career, I always struggled here. I think of late, the place is like a regular game, even though it's always special being back and seeing my family members.- Chicago native Wade

Second Star

Pau Gasol (CHI) 16.7

Gasol, Chicago's 15-year veteran center from Barcelona, led the Bulls with 19 points, registering the only double-double of the game with 17 rebounds (four offensive). He shot nine-for-18 overall and made one-of-two free throws, earning a team-high plus-8 rating with two assists and two blocked shots in 37:08.

We had some good stretches. The fourth quarter got tough and we didn't handle it well. - Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg

Third Star

Nikola Mirotic (CHI) 14.7

Mirotic, second year power forward, came off the bench for the Bulls, and took home the Third Star in only 21:54. He scored 15 points on six-of-11 shooting, including one-of-two from deep and two-of-three from the stripe. He earned a minus-5 rating for the night, with eight rebounds, two helpers, a steal and a blocked shot.

Fourth Star

Aaron Brooks (CHI) 13.9

Eight-year veteran point guard Brooks played 32:30 for the Bulls, also off the bench. He sunk five-of-12 shots, including two-of-seven from beyond the arc. He made his only foul shot for a total of 13 points, along with six assists, three steals, two boards and a minus-9 rating.

Fifth Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 13.9

Bosh played a team-high 35:51 for Miami, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds, three assists, a minus-5 rating and a steal. He made eight-of-16 shots overall and one-of-four from outside, duplicating his 25% success rate from the free throw line.

We gutted it out tonight. We played under control and that win doesn't happen without a good defensive effort. That's a good win for us. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

The Rest

Justise Winslow (MIA) 13.1

Winslow came within a point of getting into his second Five Stars of the season with eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 10.5

Jimmy Butler (CHI) 7.1

Luol Deng (MIA) 5.5

The crazy thing is, except when we play them, whenever I watch these guys play I find myself rooting for them because - obviously, I played with them - but they're like my brothers. - Deng

Taj Gibson (CHI) 3.7

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 3.3

Gerald Green (MIA) 3.1

Derrick Rose (CHI) 1.3

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 1.0

Beno Udrih (MIA) 0.8

Bobby Portis (CHI) 0.4

Doug McDermott (CHI) 0.4

Tony Snell (CHI) -0.5

Five Stars Standings



Chris Bosh


Dwyane Wade


Hassan Whiteside


Goran Dragic


Luol Deng


Gerald Green


Tyler Johnson


Beno Udrih


Justise Winslow


Josh McRoberts


The Heat get right back at it, tomorrow night in Brooklyn against the Nets. Check out NetsDaily for more on them. For a peek into Chicago's point of view, go to Blog a Bull. Come back to Hot Hot Hoops for tomorrow's GameThread, at 7:30PM.