Five Stars is a series where we break down the box score of every Heat game. The top five GameScores are our Five Stars. This article is about Miami’s seven-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.
Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 29.6
Whiteside led everyone with game-high figures of 40 minutes, 16 rebounds (three offensive), 28 points, and five blocked shots. He made 12-of-16 shots from the floor and four-of-six foul shots, with an assist and a plus-4 rating. This is his 15th time in the Five Stars this season, and his seventh First Star. His GameScore was greater than any other two players put together.
You’d like to go 3-0 but anytime you go positive on a road trip it’s a motivation. We can build on this. - Whiteside
Maurice Harkless (POR) 14.5
Harkless shot six-for-12, tying for second on the Blazers with 17 points. He made all four of his foul shots and made one-of-three three-pointers in 32 minutes on the floor. He had seven rebounds, an assist, a steal, a blocked shot and a minus-7 rating to close the game.
Goran Dragic (MIA) 12.4
Dragic played 35 minutes and went eight-for-19 from the field, missing his only three-pointer and making both of his free throws. He had a game-high eight assists and nine rebounds, with two steals and a minus-3 rating. This was his eighth time in the Five Stars.
Evan Turner (POR) 12.1
Turner came off the bench for 27 minutes for Portland, and made just three-of-10 shots from the field, missing both of his three pointers. He also missed two of his five free throws, but added six helpers and six boards along with three steals, a blocked shot, and a plus-11 rating for the night.
Josh McRoberts (MIA) 11.7
McRoberts finally gets to the Five Stars for the first time this year after making the list three times last season. Starting at forward for Miami, he played 28 minutes and scored a season-high 13 points on five-of-nine shooting. He made two-of-three shots from outside and his only free throw, with four assists, two rebounds, two steals, and a Heat-best plus-17 rating.
After the top five, Portland had the next four in a row. Balance throughout the lineup and a deeper bench were key in the end. Allen Crabbe (11.5), CJ McCollum (11.2), Damian Lillard (10.9) and Mason Plumlee (9.5) all contributed significantly in Portland’s victory, scoring 63 points with 20 rebounds, 11 assists, four blocks and two steals.
We just find a way. You’ve got to gut one out like that. Find a way when your offense isn’t there. I think that shows great character for our team and it shows growth. - Lillard
James Johnson (MIA) -0.8
Johnson played 17 minutes and finished with two points, four rebounds, and an assist before getting ejected from the contest. He went one-for-five from the field.
Hassan Whiteside 109
Goran Dragic 44
Tyler Johnson 43
Dion Waiters 34
James Johnson 21
Josh Richardson 11
Wayne Ellington 8
Justise Winslow 6
Willie Reed 3
Rodney McGruder 3
Josh McRoberts 1