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Five Stars: A Tale of Two Johnsons (and a Dragic)

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The injury ravaged Heat held on for a one point win over the injury ravaged Jazz.

NBA: Miami Heat at Utah Jazz Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Five Stars is a series where Hot Hot Hoops goes over the box score of every Heat game through the 2016-17 season. Then, ranking players by GameScore, the top five are featured in the Five Stars. This article is about Miami’s 111-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

First Star

Gordon Hayward (UTA) 29.2

Hayward played a game-high 40 minutes and outscored everyone with 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting. He made three-of-seven shots from three-point distance and five-of-six from the foul stripe, with a plus-1 rating, seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals.

Everything we’ve been doing defensively, as far as executing our game plan, we didn’t do it tonight. You see what happened because of that. That has to be our calling card. It wasn’t at all tonight. - Hayward

Second Star

James Johnson (MIA) 22.5

Johnson makes his fifth appearance in the Five Stars with his second Second Star performance. Despite ranking just sixth on the team with 24 minutes on the floor, he led the team coming off the bench with 24 points on a nearly-automatic 11-of-15 game, including two-of-four from outside. He had three offensive and three defensive rebounds, with three assists, a steal and a blocked shot, along with a team-second-best plus-9 rating.

That is a good defense to be able to do that against. Sometimes you need great players to make bigger plays against a good defense. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Third Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 18.1

Dragic made 10-for-21 shots to include two-of-three from deep and five-of-seven from the line for a Heat-high 27 points in 36 minutes. He had two rebounds on each end of the floor, with six helpers and a minus-1 rating.

Fourth Star

Joe Johnson (UTA) 15.6

Johnson makes a not-quite triumphant return to the Five Stars series with a Fourth Star performance. Starting at forward, he played 32 minutes and scored 18 points with four helpers, three rebounds and a steal. He earned a plus-8 rating and made six-of-nine from the field, along with four-of-six from beyond the arc and two-of-two from the stripe.

Fifth Star

Joe Ingles (UTA) 15.0

Ingles rounds out the top five players of the game with a 15 points in 22 minutes show. He made six-of-eight shots from the field, going three-for-four from both two-point and three-point distance. He added four rebounds and four assists, closing the game with a plus-1 rating.

We didn’t deserve to win the game. Miami outplayed us. - Jazz coach Quin Synder

Notable

Wayne Ellington (MIA) 14.1

Wayne Ellington again performed above what we expect of him, making six-of-nine shots and scoring 17 points in 17 minutes.

It takes grit. It takes toughness and that is what we showed all night long - Ellington

Thursday’s Worst

Boris Diaw (UTA) -4.3

In just 13 minutes, Diaw earned a train-wreck of a GameScore by missing all four of his field goal attempts, pulling down one defensive rebound, getting whistled for two fouls and making one turnover.

Season Standings

Hassan Whiteside 100
Tyler Johnson 43
Goran Dragic 38
Dion Waiters 34
James Johnson 21
Josh Richardson 11
Wayne Ellington 8
Justise Winslow 6
Willie Reed 3
Rodney McGruder 3