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Five Stars: Backcourt Rules

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In a 12 point overtime win over the Sacramento Kings, three guards ruled the roost in Miami.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Five Stars is a series where we shine the spotlight on the five top performing players in each Heat game. Using the GameScore metric as a measuring stick, players are rated and ranked regardless of the team they play for.

First Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 25.2

The Dragon spent 41 minutes on the floor for the Heat, making eight-of-14 from the field overall, five-of-eight from outside, and four-of-seven from the foul stripe for a team-high 25 points. He added eight rebounds, eight assists, a plus-10 rating, two steals and two blocked shots to stuff his statline full. He earns his first First Star of the season with his third overall appearance in the series.

Second Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 21.7

Johnson makes his second appearance in the Five Stars, earning his second Second Star. Coming in off the bench, the backcourter with the backloaded contract continues to show he’s worth the money with a 22 point game. He made seven-of-11 shots, draining both of his long-distance bombs and all six of his free throws. He also had a plus-3 rating, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes.

Third Star

Rudy Gay (SAC) 20.1

Gay, Sacramento’s 11th-year small forward, scored a game-high-tying 30 points on an 11-for-24 night. He made two-of-four from outside and six-of-six from the line, with a dozen rebounds, a steal, an assist, and a minus-13 rating in 42 minutes.

Fourth Star

DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 20.0

Good, hard, competitive game - Cousins

Boogie, now in his seventh season in Sacramento, tied Gay’s 30 points and added seven rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot. He shot eight-of-16 from the field and 14-of-18 from the foul stripe, turning the ball over four times and eventually fouling out in the fourth quarter. He finished with a minus-6 rating in 35 minutes.

Remarkable, isn't it? - Sacramento coach Dave Joerger on Cousins’ six fourth quarter fouls.

Fifth Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 15.2

Waiters makes his first Five Stars appearance with a modest Fifth Star. He was the third of three guards to reach 20 points, on seven-of-14 shooting. He made one-of-three from outside and five-of-seven from the charity stripe, with four assists, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal. He rated a game-high plus-18 in a game-high-tying 42 minutes.

Notable

We needed this one. - Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside didn’t by any stretch have what one would consider a “good” game, but he did earn his fourth double-double in just four games this season, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocked shots.

I think it was good for us to go through another emotional game. In the second half emotions were running high. A lot of frustration, a lot of elation, a lot of everything in between. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Tuesday’s Worst

Ty Lawson (SAC) 0.3

Lawson was on the floor for the Kings for a total of 36 minutes. That’s three quarters. He scored two points with five rebounds and four assists, committed three fouls and turned the ball over once, shooting one-for-six from the field. That’s a lot of minutes and nearly zero positive impact.

Seasonal Standings

Hassan Whiteside 22
Goran Dragic 18
Tyler Johnson 16
Justise Winslow 3
Dion Waiters 2

The Heat’s will head north to face their next opponent, the Toronto Raptors at 7:30PM Friday night.