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Five Stars is a series where we use the GameScore metric to rate and rank every player to appear in a Heat game through the season. The top five GameScores are the heroes of the game, regardless of whether they play for the Heat or their opponents.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 17.4

Whiteside had another monster game, with his league-leading 11th double-double of the season. He had an NBA season-high seven blocks, scoring 12 points with 17 rebounds, seven of them offensive. He went five-for-12 from the floor overall, and two-for-four from the line, with two steals and a plus-8 rating in 29 minutes for the night. This was Whiteside’s ninth appearance in the Five Stars, more than double any other player (besides Dragic).

Quote of the year, right here:

There's two different types of coaches and teams. There's coaches that say, `Hassan Whiteside is down there, don't attack him.' And then there are coaches that say, `Hassan Whiteside is down there, let's attack him,' God bless those teams. Long live those teams. I need more of those teams.' - Whiteside

Second Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 14.5

Waiters played his way into his fourth Five Stars with his first Second Star performance. He played a game-high 35 minutes, going 10-for-22 from the field and three-of-five from the line, with a plus-7 rating. He had a Heat-high 23 points overall, although he missed all five of his deep-range shots. He added seven defensive rebounds and four assists.

Third Star

Tony Snell (MIL) 11.5

Snell, the Bucks’ starter at shooting guard, represents Milwaukee’s top star with a team-high-tying 14 points in 32 minutes. He grabbed six rebounds with an assist and a minus-13 rating. For the night, he made five-of-10 field goals, including four-of-nine from three-point range.

Fourth Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 11.4

Dragic comes back after missing two games with a strong effort, starting at point guard and earning the Fourth Star with 35 minutes on the floor. He scored 16 points on a five-for-14 performance, making one-of-three from outside and five-of-six from the foul stripe. Dragic had six rebounds (two offensive), four assists, a steal, and a plus-8 overall rating. It was his fifth Five Star finish.

Rusty a little bit. I didn't feel quite fast enough. The first half I struggled a little bit and then I finally got my legs under me a little bit and in the second half I felt great. - Dragic

Fifth Star

John Henson (MIL) 10.8

Henson started at center for the Bucks and scored 12 points in 28 minutes, going five-for-eight from the field and two-for-two from the line. He had five rebounds, three blocks, a steal, and a minus-2 rating which was the highest figure from amongst the Bucks’ starters.

Notable

Matthew Dellavedova went 0-for-7 from the field, with nine assists. Milwaukee’s other four starters, plus Michael Beasley, each had exactly five field goals.

Thursday’s Worst

Malcolm Brogdon (MIL) -4.4

Brogdon played 16 minutes off the bench for the Bucks, missing all seven of his field-goal attempts. He had four rebounds, an assist, a turnover and two fouls.

Seasonal Standings

Hassan Whiteside 65
Tyler Johnson 24
Goran Dragic 23
Dion Waiters 16
James Johnson 8
Justise Winslow 6
Josh Richardson 5
Willie Reed 3
Rodney McGruder 3

Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards

Tipoff: 7:00pm

Verizon Center, Washington DC

Heat starters:

Goran Dragic

Dion Waiters

Josh Richardson

Derrick Williams

Hassan Whiteside

Wizards starters:

John Wall

Bradley Beal

Otto Porter Jr.

Markieff Morris

Marcin Gortat