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Atlanta defeats the Heat by three in Miami despite a 25 rebound performance by Hassan Whiteside

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Five Stars is a series where we use the Game Score metric to rate each player in order of bottom line impact to the game. The top five scores are ranked and labelled according to their place in the Five Stars, regardless of which team they play for.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 20.9

Whiteside made six-of-15 shots from the field, and sank seven-of-eight from the line. Oh, and he had 25 rebounds, 10 of them on the offensive glass. That accounted for more than half of Miami’s boards. Whiteside’s eighth double-double of the season lands him in the Five Stars for the eighth time. He added a plus-4 rating, two assists, two steals, and a blocked shot in a game-high 38 minutes.

Second Star

Mike Muscala (ATL) 15.6

Muscala played just 22 minutes for Atlanta on Tuesday, ranking 14th in the game. He made six-of-seven shots for 14 points, including two-for-two from outside. His plus-3 rating led Atlanta. He also finished the game with five rebounds, four assists, a steal,

Third Star

Josh Richardson (MIA) 15.3

Richardson earns his first “Star” of the season by playing a game-high-tying 38 minutes. He drained eight-of-14 shots, including just one-of-three from deep. He made both of his foul shots, along with four rebounds, three blocks, two steals, two assists, and a minus-9 rating for the game.

Fourth Star

Tim Hardaway (ATL) 13.7

Hardaway, a Miami legacy, played his way into the Five Stars in only 15 minutes off the bench for the Hawks. He made one-of-four shots from over the rainbow, and five-of-six from closer range. He made two-of-three from the foul line, with two rebounds, two steals, an assist, and a plus-1 rating.

Fifth Star

Paul Millsap (ATL) 10.7

MIllsap had 15 points, six rebounds, four helpers, two steals, and a game-high plus-10 rating. He made seven-of-17 from the field, missing both of his beyond-the-arc attempts and making one-of-two from the stripe.

Notable

Whiteside’s 19 point, 25 rebound performance was the second such of his career so far, and the most rebounds in a single game in the NBA so far this season. He also had 18 points and 25 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 4th, 2015, but that night also finished with five blocked shots.

Tuesday’s Worst

Dion Waiters finished with a negative GameScore in 33 minutes of play, going five-for-18 for 11 points, with three steals, two assists, one rebound, five turnovers and three personal fouls. He again failed to draw a single trip to the foul line.

Seasonal Standings

Hassan Whiteside 55
Tyler Johnson 24
Goran Dragic 19
James Johnson 8
Dion Waiters 8
Justise Winslow 6
Josh Richardson 5
Willie Reed 3
Rodney McGruder 3