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Hassan Whiteside was bolstered by a pair of Johnsons off the bench in Miami’s six-point win over the Pacers.

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Five Stars is a Hot Hot Hoops exclusive series where we dig a little bit deeper into the box score to find the heroes from each game. The top five GameScores from each contest make up the Five Stars after every Heat game, whether they play for Miami or the other team, in this case the Pacers. This article is about Miami’s 95-89 win against Indiana.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 23.0

Whiteside racked up an estimated Player Efficiency Rating of 25.1 for his efforts on Wednesday night, with his fifth career 20-point, 20-rebound effort. He scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field (and six-of-11 from the line) along with 22 boards (six offensive). He added two blocks in 33 minutes on the floor, leading Miami’s starters with a plus-1 rating. It was his 19th Five Star appearance and his eighth time earning the First Star.

I try to lead by example. - Whiteside

Second Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 13.5

Johnson played 32 minutes off the bench for the Heat, making six-of-13 shots including one-of-five from outside. He earned a plus-12 rating in total, making half of his four free throw attempts and adding five rebounds, three assists, and four blocked shots for the game. Not bad for a guy (generously) listed at 6’4”. It was his ninth Five Star appearance, and his estimated PER was 15.2 for the game.

Third Star

James Johnson (MIA) 13.0

The other Johnson put up an estimated 18.7 PER over his 25 minutes on the floor, scoring 14 points on six-of-nine shooting. He made his only three-pointer and one-of-two from the foul line, adding a game-high-tying six helpers, three rebounds, and a game-high plus-16 rating. For James, it was his seventh appearance in the Five Stars.

Guess that's what you can expect with a Heat-Pacers game, regardless of who the faces are. It was good for us to grind out another one. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Fourth Star

Paul George (IND) 11.6

In what basically amounts to a consolation prize, George led the Pacers in a losing effort with 22 points on eight-of-22 shooting, going four-of-11 from both two-point and three-point distance. In a game-high 38 minutes, he collected seven rebounds and dished out three assists, going two-of-two from the stripe and finishing with an estimated PER of just 11.0.

This is a game that we should have won. It's frustrating. ... We played OK. We just didn't finish well. - George

Fifth Star

CJ Miles (IND) 9.2

Miles estimated PER, a modest 15.1 figure, was Indiana’s only such rating above the league “average” of 15.0. Conversely, his minus-13 rating was the lowest of anyone involved in the game. In 22 minutes on the court, he scored 15 points on five-of-10 shooting, making three-of-six from deep and two-of-two from the line. He also pulled down two rebounds.

They basically muscled us and broke our offensive execution. - Pacers coach Nate McMillan

Season Standings

HW 132
Dragon 68
TJ 58
Waiters 34
JJ 29
JRich 11
Wayne Ellington 9
Justise 6
Willie Reed 5
McGruder 3
Bloodsport 3
McBobby 1