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Five Stars: Boston 105, Miami 95

Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford topped the Five Stars in Boston’s 10-point win over the Heat.

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Five Stars is a Hot Hot Hoops exclusive where we dig into the box score of each Heat game and pick apart the numbers under the numbers. The top five players are the Five Stars, regardless of which team they player for. I used the GameScore metric, with a slight adjustment for plus/minus to rank the players.

First Star

Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 20.9

Thomas, Boston’s 5’9” starting point guard, led the Celtics with 23 points in 27 minutes. He made nine-of-15 shots overall, including three-of-five from outside. He made both of his foul shot attempts, with four assists, two rebounds, a steal, and a game-high plus-12 rating before getting ejected with three minutes remaining in the final quarter. He also had a game-high estimated Player Efficiency Rating of 27.9.

Tony Brothers (the referee) didn’t think it was a flagrant-2 but he has to go with what they say. - Thomas, on his ejection

Second Star

Al Horford (BOS) 19.9

Horford earned an estimated 23.1 PER in 31 minutes, scoring 17 points with eight helpers, seven rebounds, two steals and a block. He made seven-of-15 shots from the field and three-of-three from the line, closing the night at plus-4.

We’re playing well. It shows we can close out games on the road. - Horford

Third Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 19.5

Whiteside gets into the Five Stars for the 21st time this season, mostly for what he did in the third quarter, when he scored eight points with 13 rebounds. In total, he led the Heat with 37 minutes, making nine-for-13 shots and five-of-nine free throws for 23 points. He added 17 rebounds with three blocks and a minus-1 rating for an estimated PER of 19.0.

Fourth Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 19.5

Dragic earned a 19.5 estimated PER in 36 minutes, scoring a game-high 31 points. He made 12-of-21 shots, including five-of-six from outside. He made half of his four foul shot attempts, and added seven helpers and five rebounds with a minus-3 rating in his 13th trip into the series.

Fifth Star

Jae Crowder (BOS) 18.1

Crowder played 34 minutes and scored 15 points with six boards, five steals, and an assist. He sunk four-of-10 shots, including three-of-six from outside. He also made four-of-six from the stripe, earning a plus-7 rating and an approximate PER of 19.2.

Nightly Notable

Miami outshot the Celtics, making 52.2% of their shots to 45.6%. Offsetting the Heat’s success from the field was their inability to stop turning the ball over, which they did 23 times (to 11 for Boston), or nearly one turnover every two minutes for the whole game.

Sunday’s Worst

Tyler Johnson (MIA) -0.5

Johnson played 29 minutes, going two-for-two from inside the arc but missing all five of his three-pointers. He went one-for-two from the stripe, with six boards, three assists, a steal, a block, a game-low minus-13 rating, four turnovers and three fouls to go with his five points.

Every time we had an opportunity, we coughed it up right as the momentum would shift. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Five Star Standings

Hassan Whiteside 138
Goran Dragic 80
Tyler Johnson 58
Dion Waiters 34
James Johnson 29
Josh Richardson 11
Wayne Ellington 9
Justise Winslow 6
Willie Reed 5
Rodney McGruder 3
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1