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Five Stars: Thunderstruck

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The Heat were convincingly defeated by the Thunder of OKC.

NBA: Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Five Stars is a series where we use the GameScore metric to rate, then rank each player to appear in a Heat game. The top five earn a spot in the Five Stars, regardless of which team they play for.

On Monday night, the Miami Heat suffered a 97-85 loss at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. They still managed to place two of the Five Stars, but not in the top three.

First Star

Enes Kanter (OKC) 22.8

Kanter earned the First Star in 20 minutes off the bench for the Thunder, making 10-of-12 shots overall and all four of his foul shots. He had 10 rebounds (four offensive) to earn a double-double, with an assist, a blocked shot, and a minus-3 rating for the game.

Second Star

Russell Westbrook (OKC) 21.0

Westbrook earned his fifth double-double of the season, matching Hassan Whiteside’s NBA-leading figure. The starting point guard played 26 minutes, and shot five-for-16 overall to include one-for-six from outside. He made all three of his foul shots, with 11 helpers, five rebounds (two offensive), and a game-high plus-25 rating.

Third Star

Victor Oladipo (OKC) 13.7

Oladipo, Westbrook’s starting backcourt partner, played a game-high 33 minutes, and scored 17 points with two rebounds and two assists. He made six-of-nine overall, one-of-two from three-point range, and four-of-four from the foul stripe. his plus-16 rating was only the fourth best total on the Thunder.

Fourth Star

Willie Reed (MIA) 12.8

Reed managed to make the Five Stars for the first time this season in only 17 minutes off the bench for the Heat. He made all four of his field goal attempts and three-of-four free throws to finish with 11 points, with four rebounds (three offensive), one assist, two blocked shots, and a plus-11 rating.

Fifth Star

James Johnson (MIA) 12.7

Johnson also makes his first appearance in the Five Stars, with 18 points off the bench for Miami. He made five-of-12 shots overall and one-of-three from distance. His seven-for-seven night from the charity stripe brought his point total to a Heat-high 18. His plus-14 also paced Miami. Johnson added six rebounds (two offensive), two blocks, a steal and an assist to round out his statline.


Miami’s starting five, none of whom were featured in this article, combined to hit 14-for-50 from the field, a 28% success rate.

Monday’s Worst

Dion Waiters made one-of-nine shots in 26 minutes on the floor, with four assists, a rebound, and a steal.

Seasonal Standings

Hassan Whiteside 29
Tyler Johnson 21
Goran Dragic 19
Justise Winslow 3
Willie Reed 3
Dion Waiters 2
James Johnson 1

Miami’s next time out will see them host Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls, on Thursday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.