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Gregg Popovich coached the Spurs to their second defeat of the Heat this season.

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Five Stars is a series where we use the GameScore to rate and rank every player to appear in a Miami Heat basketball game. All players are ordered in descending order, whether they play for Miami or their opponent. This article covers the Heat’s 94-90 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on November 14th.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 23.7

Whiteside played 33 minutes for the Heat, and scored 23 points with 17 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, leading the NBA in that category. He made nine-of-11 shots from the floor, five-of-nine from the foul stripe, and added two steals, two blocks, an assist, and an even plus-minus rating.

Second Star

Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 14.7

Leonard led the Spurs with 24 points, scored on a seven-for-19 show from the field. He drained three-of-five three-pointers and seven-of-nine from the line, with a dozen rebounds, four assists, and a minus-1 rating that was the lowest from amongst the Spurs starting five.

We were out of sync a little bit with our offense, especially in the third. It starts off with me. I've got to be more patient and run the offense. - Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

Third Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 14.4

Waiters got hot late after starting five-for-15 from the field, finishing 12-for-26 including three-for-six from deep. He didn’t get to the foul line and posted a minus-1 rating, with three assists, two rebounds, two steals, and game-highs of 27 points and three blocked shots.

That's the crazy part about, I'm not the type of guy that would question the referees on anything. But I look at how many layup attempts I got tonight, like 15, and I haven't gotten to the line one time. - Waiters, on taking 26 field goal attempts and not a single trip to the foul line

Fourth Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 12.7

Johnson continued his pattern of more good nights than bad, with his fourth appearance in the Five Stars. He played for 33 minutes off the bench for the Heat, with 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. He also had a plus-1 rating and one steal, hitting four-of-nine-from the field and three-of-six from the line.

Fourth Star (tie)

LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS) 12.7

Aldridge sank eight-of-14 from the floor and two-of-two from the line in a game-high 36 minutes. He had three rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a plus-8 rating to go with his 18 points on the night.

You have to give them credit, they played great defense in the second half. They played with more energy and they played more physical. We have to find a solution next time. - Spurs guard Tony Parker


After laying an egg in the first half, Miami outscored the Spurs, 50-39 in the second.

Monday’s Worst

Josh McRoberts played 13 minutes off the bench for Miami, and had three rebounds, two steals, and a few nifty passes, leading to three assists. He also went 0-for-six from the floor, bringing his season’s total to four points in 26 minutes.

Seasonal Standings

Hassan Whiteside 46
Tyler Johnson 24
Goran Dragic 19
James Johnson 8
Dion Waiters 8
Justise Winslow 6
Willie Reed 3
Rodney McGruder 3

Miami will host the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.