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Five Stars: Heat 98, Knicks 81

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The two remaining active "current" big three both end up in the Five Stars, while Wade takes over Bosh's top spot in the season standings.

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First Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 22.1

Wade got his 10th First Star in his 33rd overall Five Star appearance, passing idle Chris Bosh in the Five Stars Standings in the process. He started in the backcourt with Goran Dragic, and it's unclear who was the "designated" point guard, as both pushed play and both finished with six assists. Wade scored a game-high 26 points on nine-of-20 shooting, going eight-of-10 from the free throw line. He also had seven rebounds and two steals, finishing with a plus-8 rating in 32:17.

You get a guy a caliber of, a player like him, you normally get that in the offseason. So to be able to get it right now, as you're going into a playoff run, is very important for this team, especially with everything that we've been dealing with. - Wade, on Miami's acquisition of Joe Johnson.

Second Star

Robin Lopez (NYK) 18.4

Lopez, an eighth-year center out of Stanford, got the start and earned New York's only double-double of the game, with 14 points and 14 rebounds in 36:07. Six of his rebounds were on the offensive glass, and he scored 12 of his points on six-for-nine shooting from the field. He made both of his free throws, and added three blocked shots, two assists, and a minus-7 rating.

We just couldn't get any sort of consistent rhythm because we couldn't make the shots we normally make. It breaks your momentum, it breaks your confidence and guys couldn't just get momentum, get the fans involved in the ballgame. - Knicks coach Kurt Rambis

Third Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 17.9

Whiteside likewise earned the only double-double of the game for the Heat, playing for 26:03 off the bench. Out of the eight Miami players to get into the game, Whiteside ranked ahead of only Amar'e Stoudemire in minutes. He scored 16 points on seven-of-13 shooting, making his only two free throw attempts and grabbing 11 rebounds with three steals and two blocked shots on the night, finishing up at plus-2. It was his 30th appearance in the Five Stars.

Fourth Star

Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 12.8

Anthony played a game-high 41:28 and finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, four helpers and a blocked shot. A 13-year veteran and nine-time all-star, Anthony sunk nine-of-24 shots, including one-of-two three-pointers, along with six-of-seven foul shots. He earned a minus-12 rating, turning the ball over three times and committing four personal fouls along the way.

A lot of them (were) wide open that they missed. But when you're not making, who else is there to look to to make shots and try to make shots and try to make plays? I don't look at it as putting too much on me. - Anthony

Fifth Star

Langston Galloway (NYK) 12.3

Galloway, in his second season out of St. Joseph's, started at point guard and earned a game-low minus-24 in 35:12 for the night. He scored seven points on three-of-10 shooting, including one-of-four from beyond the arc. He didn't attempt a free throw, and had five rebounds, four assists, four steals and three personal fouls to complete his statline on the night.

The Rest

Luol Deng (MIA) 12.0

Goran Dragic (MIA) 10.7

Josh Richardson (MIA) 10.3

Lance Thomas (NYK) 8.0

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 7.1

Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 6.6

Joe Johnson (MIA) 5.8

Derrick Williams (NYK) 2.3

Justise Winslow (MIA) 2.1

Jerian Grant (NYK) 0.9

Sasha Vujacic (NYK) 0.5

Jose Calderon (NYK) -1.9

Five Stars Standings




Dwyane Wade



Chris Bosh



Hassan Whiteside



Goran Dragic



Luol Deng



Gerald Green



Tyler Johnson



Justise Winslow



Josh McRoberts



Amar’e Stoudemire



Beno Udrih






Next up for Miami will be the visiting Chicago Bulls, tomorrow night at 7:30 PM.