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Miami made it interesting, but Canada’s only NBA team was just a little too good to lose.

NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Five Stars is a series where each player to appear in a Heat game through the season are rated and ranked against each other. Using the GameScore metric, the top five players make up the Five Stars, regardless of whether they play for the Heat or their opponent.

First Star

DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 21.0

DeRozan started at shooting guard for the Raptors and played 36 minutes in total, finishing with almost a point a minute. He scored 34 on 14-for-26 shooting, making all six of his foul shots while missing his two long-distance shot attempts. The eighth-year product of USC also pitched in with four rebounds and four assists, but somehow was the only Raptor to finish with a negative plus-minus rating, at minus-1.

Second Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 18.2

Whiteside’s plus-4 rating was the second on the Heat, as he earned his fifth double-double in this seasons’ first five games. He scored 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting, draining one-of-three from the line and pulling down 16 boards (five offensive). He had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 37 minutes. This was his fourth appearance in the Five Stars.

Third Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 15.4

Johnson makes his third appearance in the Five Stars with a 16 point performance in 29 minutes off the bench. He made five-of-10 from the field and two-of-two from the line, draining half of his eight three-pointers. He also had four rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists, finishing out the night at minus-5.

Fourth Star

Terrence Ross (TOR) 13.7

Ross had the highest GameScore per minute of anyone, with an estimated PER of 24.6. He only played 20 minutes off the bench for Toronto, and scored 20 points with four rebounds, a plus-seven rating and a steal. He made eight-of-15 shots from the field, three-of-seven from outside, and one-of-one from the line.

Fifth Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 11.2

Like Whiteside, Dragic also appears in the Five Stars for the fourth time, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, five dimes and a steal. He played 36 minutes and made six-of-14 shots, including three-of-five from deep and two-of-two from the foul line. He earned a plus-three rating for the game.

Notable

Aside from Whiteside and Tyler Johnson, none of Miami players earned a PER above the league average figure of 15.0, although James Johnson nearly hit the mark, earning an estimated 14.8.

Friday’s Worst

Josh Richardson (MIA) -4.3

Not to read too much into it, due to it being his first NBA action in six months, but Richardson didn’t do very well in his return. He went 0-for-four in 11 minutes, making a steal, grabbing a rebounds, turning the ball over twice and committing two personal fouls. I’m sure he’ll pick it up next time out.

Seasonal Standings

Hassan Whiteside 29
Tyler Johnson 21
Goran Dragic 19
Justise Winslow 3
Dion Waiters 2

Miami’s next time out will see them take on Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Monday night.