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Russell Westbrook showed the Heat a few things.

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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. This article covers Miami’s unfortunate 12-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

First Star

Russell Westbrook (OKC) 25.0

Westbrook earned his 15th triple-double of the season against the Heat last night, with a team-leading 36 minutes on the court. He scored 29 points with 17 defensive rebounds and 11 helpers, all game leading figures. He finished up with 25.0 estimated PER, making 11-of-22 shots from the floor, missing his only three pointer, and sinking seven-of-10 foul shots. He didn’t foul anyone all night, and although he turned the ball over seven times without registering a steal, I guess that’s a price he’s willing to pay for playing balls out at all times. Westbrook closed the night with a plus-12 rating.

He's competing until the very end. Every single possession is the most important possession to him. Great, great lesson ... from somebody's that is really imposing a competitive will on every contest. He did what he does. What defines greatness is consistency, and that's what you can book pretty much every night. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Second Star

Josh Richardson (MIA) 16.0

JRich, Miami’s sole Five Star representative, started at point guard and played a game-high 27 minutes. He led the Heat with 22 points, making nine-of-16 shots overall and two-of-six from distance, with a perfect two-for-two from the line. He had five defensive rebounds, three assists, a steal, four fouls and a minus-7 rating for an estimated 15.6 PER.

Third Star

Steven Adams (OKC) 14.7

Adams, the Thunder’s starting center, drained seven-of-10 shots from the field and made his only foul shot. He grabbed six offensive rebounds, along with two off the defensive glass, along with two blocked shots, an assist, a game-high plus-15 rating, four turnovers and five personal fouls, finishing with a 24.1 estimated PER rating.

They just used their strength. Steven does an amazing job and Enes....those guys do an amazing job. - Westbrook, deferring praise

Fourth Star

Enes Kanter (OKC) 14.2

Kanter came off the bench for 33 minutes for the Thunder, scoring 19 points on nine-of-16 shooting. He missed his only three-pointer and made just one-of-four foul shots, grabbed eight rebounds (five offensive), dished out a pair of assists and made one steal. He also posted a plus-8 rating, turned the ball over four times and committed a personal foul, registering a 15.9 estimated PER.

Fifth Star

Alex Abrines (OKC) 10.4

Abrines, who I’ve never heard of before, played just 14 minutes, but rained down four three-pointers in seven attempts. He also made one-of-two from two-point distance, and added two rebounds, a block, four personal fouls, and a plus-3 rating with a 17.0 estimated PER.

He’s like an idol. He goes 100 percent every play. - Abrines, on Westbrook

Nightly Notable

Derrick Williams (MIA) 8.0

Williams, despite starting at small forward for Miami, only played 15 minutes. He made the most of it, making all four of his field goal attempts, including a three. He added two boards, a steal, and a minus-2 rating, for a team-high 19.0 estimated PER.

Tuesday’s Worst

Justise Winslow (MIA) 2.1

Winslow made two-of-10 shots from the field, three-of-three from the line, and dished out a team-high five assists with three rebounds. He also committed three fouls and turned the ball over three times, earning a minus-8 rating and posting a 2.2 estimated PER.

Five Star Standings

Hassan Whiteside 158
Goran Dragic 85
Tyler Johnson 67
Dion Waiters 34
James Johnson 29
Josh Richardson 18
Justise Winslow 16
Wayne Ellington 9
Willie Reed 5
Rodney McGruder 3
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1