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The Heat took a 30-19 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, placing the top Three Stars for the second game in a row in a 20 point win over the artist-formerly-known-as-Bullets.

Is....that a mid-range jumper from Hassan Whiteside?
Is....that a mid-range jumper from Hassan Whiteside?
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First Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 27.1

Deng makes his 14th appearance in the Five Stars this season by earning his second First Star in a row. He earned a plus-12 rating in 34:56, which ranked second in the game to teammate Josh Richardson, who had 35:14. Deng shot 11-from-18 overall, missing his only three-pointer and making all five of his free throws. He added 10 rebounds, including four on the offensive boards, along with four assists and a steal to go with his game-high 27 points on the night. He also posted a nearly-off-the-charts offensive rating of 154, where 100 is average.

Second Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 26.6

Whiteside cleaned the glass to the tune of 23 rebounds against the Wizards, including eight on the offensive boards. The big center came off his one-game suspension to play 29:18 off the bench for the Heat, and score 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting. His new method of catch-and-shoot foul shots didn't exactly pay off, as he went three-for-seven. Whiteside totaled a plus-eight for the game, along with two blocked shots in his 26th Five Star appearance.

I'm just excited to be back in front of Heat nation. - Whiteside, who put up his second career 20-20 effort

Third Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 22.0

Dragic played 29:56 as Miami's starting point guard, and made nine-of-20 shots overall while missing all three of his three-point attempts. He ended the night at plus-13, scoring 24 points while sinking six-of-seven free throws. He was on the short-list for triple-double watch by the time it ended, with eight helpers and seven boards. He also blocked a shot for good measure in his 17th Five Star appearance.

We wanted to play a faster pace. I know fans love to see this and I know our players like to play in it. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, speaking of Miami topping 110 points in consecutive games.

Fourth Star

Marcin Gortat (WAS) 15.8

Gortat earned Washington's top star starting at center for the Wizards and playing 30:44. A nine-year veteran out of Poland, Gortat earned a minus-11 rating in 30:44. He scored 14 points making half of his 12 field goals and two-of-five from the charity stripe along with a team-best 13 rebounds. He finished with two helpers and a steal.

They outplayed us. You've got to give credit where credit is due. They played harder than we did. They played with more bounce in their step right from the start. We didn't come out with that same zip and they took advantage of it. - Wizards coach Randy Wittman

Fifth Star

Jared Dudley (WAS) 11.9

Dudley, a Boston College product now in his ninth NBA season, scored 16 points for the Wizards in 25:40 starting at forward. He made seven-of-12 from the field and just one-of-four from deep, sinking his only foul shot attempt. He had five rebounds, two assists, and a minus-14 rating by the end of the night.

The Rest

Justise Winslow (MIA) 9.1

Otto Porter (WAS) 6.7

Bradley Beal (WAS) 6.0

Ramon Sessions (WAS) 5.9

Josh Richardson (MIA) 5.4

John Wall (WAS) 4.8

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 4.7

Markieff Morris (WAS) 4.3

Drew Gooden (WAS) 4.2

Nene Hilario (WAS) 3.6

Beno Udrih (MIA) 1.8

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 1.3

Gerald Green (MIA) 1.1

Josh McRoberts (MIA) 1.0

Kelly Oubre (WAS) 0.7

Jarell Eddie (WAS) 0.0

Garrett Temple (WAS) -3.7

Five Stars Standings

Player

TP

COUNT

Chris Bosh

213

33

Dwyane Wade

199

31

Hassan Whiteside

153

26

Goran Dragic

85

17

Luol Deng

74

14

Gerald Green

35

9

Tyler Johnson

32

7

Josh McRoberts

12

2

Amar’e Stoudemire

10

1

Beno Udrih

10

3

Justise Winslow

9

2

GOAT

2

1

Bullets Forever has more on Washington, but I mean, they lost by 20 - end of story. Head over there anyway to show that we're good sports. The Heat host the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at home, tipping off at 7:30 in the evening. Indy Cornrows has the goods on them, although why anyone would want to read them is beyond me.