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Poor free throw shooting with the game on the line doomed the Heat, but Miami still finished with the two top stars for the game.

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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

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 28.4

Whiteside had game-high’s with 46 minutes on the floor, 32 points, 15 rebounds, and five rejections. He shot 14-for-22 from the floor with four-for-six successes from the foul stripe. Four of his rebounds were offensive, and he added a steal and a minus-3 rating for an approximate Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 22.2. It was his ninth First Star and his 22nd appearance in the Five Stars.

Second Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 24.8

Johnson gets into the Five Stars for the 10th time this season, scoring a career-high and game-high tying 32 points. He made 10-of-15 shots from inside the arc and three-for-five from deep, along with three-of-five foul shots, five defensive rebounds, three steals, three assists, and a minus-9 rating in 37 minutes before fouling out. His 24.1 estimated PER was the highest of any player in the game.

Third Star

Elfrid Payton (ORL) 21.2

Payton came off the bench for 35 minutes, and scored 22 points on eight-of-13 shooting from the floor and six-of-seven from the stripe. He missed his only three pointer, and also had six helpers, two rebounds, a steal, a block, and a plus-4 rating. He finished with a 21.8 approximate PER to lead Orlando.

Fourth Star

Nikola Vucevic (ORL) 20.1

Vucevic went 11-for-20 from the field and three-for-five from the line, also making his only three-point attempt for 26 points and an 18.1 rating. He had a dozen rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a game-high plus-15 rating in 40 minutes off the bench.

Fifth Star

Serge Ibaka (ORL) 18.3

Ibaka was the only Orlando starter in the Five Stars, with 20 points, nine boards, two assists, a steal, and a block in 40 minutes. He made eight-of-15 shots, including four-of-five from over the rainbow. He didn’t take a foul shot, but finished with a plus-8 rating and a 16.5 estimated PER.

Nightly Notable

Evan Fournier (ORL) 17.9

Fournier led Orlando with 43 minutes and shot 50% from the field, finishing with 26 points, five defensive rebounds, and four assists.

Tuesday’s Worst

Josh Richardson (MIA) 2.4

Richardson made just two-of-12 shots overall, finishing with nine points in 43 minutes and an estimated PER of 3.4.

Season Standings

Hassan Whiteside 147
Goran Dragic 80
Tyler Johnson 65
Dion Waiters 34
James Johnson 29