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Despite a lackluster third quarter, Miami earns an eight point win in Phoenix and registers the top five GameScore's of the night.

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Five Stars is a series of articles which focuses on the top five performers from each Heat game, measured with the GameScore metric as defined by www.basketball-reference.com. The first number you see after each name is the GameScore, the second number is a pro-rated homemade statistic which sets the bar at 100 with a GameScore of 30 in 36 minutes.

The standings below are a cumulative tracker where each player is awarded a certain amount of points for each time they appeared in the Five Stars, 10 points for a First Star in a win, nine points for a First Star in a loss, eight points for the Second Star in a win, and so on.

First Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 20.5 (74.21)

Miami's starting shooting guard, slam dunk sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer and perennial all star Wade earns his seventh top star of the season. In Wade's 22nd Five Star appearance, he hit nine-of-14 shots from the field and nine-of-10 from the foul stripe in 33:09 for a total of 27 points. Wade also figured in with two rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal, posting a plus-5 rating for the night.

Second Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 20.0 (65.90)

Dragic, Miami's starting point guard, earned his third Second Star in a row in a Heat win in his 13th appearance in the Five Stars. In a team-high 36:25, the Dragon drained eight-of-15 shots, including a three-for-five show from distance and three-of-four from the line for a total of 22 points. He earned a plus-13 rating, with a game-high seven assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Third Star

Gerald Green (MIA) 19.9 (70.24)

Green, appearing for the seventh time in the Five Stars with a GameScore nearly identical to Dragic, shot seven-for-11 overall and two-for-five from deep. He made five-of-seven foul shots for a total of 21 points, and earned a game-high plus-21 rating. In 34:00, he also had four rebounds, three assists, and a steal off the bench.

Fourth Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 14.6 (60.90)

Deng, starting at small forward, also played his way into the Five Stars for the seventh time this season. In 28:46, he scored 10 points with six rebounds, four helpers and two steals. He shot three-of-six, missing his only three-pointer and making all four of his foul shots while posting a minus-1 rating.

Fifth Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 13.5 (45.61)

Bosh, in the money for a team-leading 25th time this year, scored 14 points in 35:31, sinking five-for-11 shots and two-for-four from deep. Miami's starting power forward had a plus-10 rating with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

The Rest

Brandon Knight (PHO) 12.8 (42.02)

*Mirza Teletovic (PHO) 11.0 (71.54)

Tyson Chandler (PHO) 10.0 (46.03)

*Archie Goodwin (PHO) 9.6 (71.91)

PJ Tucker (PHO) 7.9 (23.28)

Devin Booker (PHO) 7.8 (25.07)

Justise Winslow (MIA) 7.1 (37.57)

Jon Leuer (PHO) 5.4 (24.50)

Alex Len (PHO) 2.1 (19.73)

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 1.7 (15.49)

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 1.5 (9.71)

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 0.2 (1.35)

Markieff Morris (PHO) -1.2 (-22.93)

TJ Warren (PHO) -1.6 (-9.91)

Five Stars Standings

Gerald Green hopped Tyler Johnson into sixth in the standings with his 21-point performance, while Hassan Whiteside was the only Heat starter to miss out on the Five Stars with just his second no-block game of the season.

Player

TP

Chris Bosh

169

Dwyane Wade

144

Hassan Whiteside

113

Goran Dragic

64

Luol Deng

34

Gerald Green

31

Tyler Johnson

29

Beno Udrih

5

Justise Winslow

5

Josh McRoberts

4

Miami will continue the road trip tomorrow night with a 9PM showdown in Utah against the Jazz and the phantom laser pointer. Check out SLC Dunk for more about that. Bright Side Of The Sun can break down Phoenix if you're interested, but keep it here at HHH for a different kind of Heat.