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Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 on the Heat to help New York to an 11-point win.

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Five Stars is a Hot Hot Hoops exclusive series where we use the advanced box score to look deeper into every Miami Heat game. Using the GameScore metric, the top five scores are awarded the Five Stars. We track them here throughout the season. This article covers Miami’s 114-103 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

First Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 24.2

Dragic made 11-of-17 shots overall, going automatic from outside by sinking all four of his three pointers. In 39 minutes, he led the Heat with 29 points, making three-for-four from the charity stripe, with seven helpers, four rebounds, and two steals. He finished the night with a Heat second-worst minus-15 rating, so maybe his defense isn’t up to snuff with his offense? Just a thought. It was his ninth time in the Five Stars and his third First overall star.

Second Star

Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 22.8

Conversely, Anthony posted a game-high plus-25 rating with an also-game-high 35 points. He shot 13-for-27 from the floor, including three-of-nine from deep and six-of-seven from the line, with four boards, two assists, and a blocked shot in 36 minutes on the court.

Third Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 19.4

Whiteside gets into the Five Stars for the 16th time this season, throwing up his customary double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds (five offensive). He made 10-of-20 from the field and just three-of-nine from the foul line, with an assist a steal, three blocks, and a game-worst minus-24 rating.

Fourth Star

Kyle O’Quinn (NYK) 14.4

O’Quinn came off the bench for 27 minutes for the Knicks, and drained six-of-eight shots (all two-pointers) from the floor. He finished with seven rebounds (five offensive), three assists, two blocks, a steal, and a plus-5 rating to go with his 12 points.

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Fifth Star

Joakim Noah (NYK) 13.4

Noah ranked 16th in the game in minutes played, with just 14, but he scored 10 points on five-of-six shooting, with 10 rebounds (seven off the offensive glass), and two assists. He posted a plus-9 rating.

Nightly Notable

After Whiteside and Dragic, nobody shot 50% on the Heat (Tyler Johnson came close, making five-of-11 shots). Aside from those three, Miami shot 12-for-41, a hair under 30%.

Tuesday’s Worst

Miami’s (lack of) depth continues to boggle the mind. The already apparently playoff-challenged team was less no less than six regulars, as Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow, Luke Babbitt, James Johnson, Josh Richardson, and, uh, Chris Bosh were not available.

They’re getting way more work in than they would get on the road - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Season Standings

Hassan Whiteside 115
Goran Dragic 53
Tyler Johnson 43
Dion Waiters 34
James Johnson 21
Josh Richardson 11
Wayne Elllington 8
Justise Winslow 6
Willie Reed 3
Rodney McGruder 3
Josh McRoberts 1