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Dirk notches the Top Star, but three Heat players make an appearance in the top five.

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First Star

Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) 20.1 (68.00)

18-year veteran Nowitzki earned top honors with a 28 point night. He shot 10-for-21 from the field and made both of his three-pointers, sinking six-of-seven shots from the line. He added four rebounds, three blocks, and a single assist, finishing with a game-high plus-10 rating.

I should have taken a timeout and set something up. - Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on his poor clock management late in the game.

Second Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 15.3 (105.82)

Whiteside did his damage for Miami off the bench in just 17:21, earning his 25th star of the season. Despite his limited floor time, he hit all five of his shots from the field, earning 10 points and a plus-7 rating which tied Gerald Green as the highest mark on the Heat. He pulled down nine rebounds (three offensive), adding five blocked shots and a steal.

It was more than I was expecting. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, on Whiteside's return

Third Star

Zaza Pachulia (DAL) 14.7 (45.43)

13-year vet Pachulia scored 10 points on four-of-seven shooting in a game-high 38:50, also making just two-of-five from the free throw line. His inclusion in the Five Stars is largely due to his game-high 15 rebounds (four offensive), along with four assists, a steal, and a plus-6 rating.

Fourth Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 13.8 (58.62)

Wade makes his 29th appearance in the countdown with an 18 point, eight rebound effort (four offensive). He made only six-of-19 shots overall and missed his only three-pointer, sinking six-of-eight from the charity stripe. Wade also pitched in with four assists and a steal, earning a minus-4 rating in 28:15.

I think I missed nine layups early on in the game. Obviously, I understood in the second half I needed to put the ball in the basket a little bit more for us to win versus a team that can score the basketball. - Wade

Fifth Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 11.8 (44.18)

Deng is in the countdown for the 11th time this season, with 15 points in 32:03. He made four-of-nine overall, sinking one-of-two from deep and six-of-seven from the line. Two of his five rebounds were on the offensive glass, and he also had a blocked shot, a single assist, and an overall even rating.

The Rest

Wesley Matthews (DAL) 8.9 (28.67)

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 8.6 (59.58)

Chris Bosh (MIA) 7.6 (28.53)

JJ Barea (DAL) 6.9 (23.78)

Chandler Parsons (DAL) 6.1 (22.68)

Raymond Felton (DAL) 6.0 (23.98)

Goran Dragic (MIA) 5.5 (19.80)

Justin Anderson (DAL) 4.9 (26.17)

Beno Udrih (MIA) 4.6 (37.50)

Justise Winslow (MIA) 3.6 (14.47)

Gerald Green (MIA) 2.8 (13.09)

Javale McGee (DAL) 2.6 (35.17)

Josh McRoberts (MIA) 1.2 (15.13)

Five Stars Standings

Player

TP

COUNT

Chris Bosh

213

33

Dwyane Wade

194

29

Hassan Whiteside

145

25

Goran Dragic

64

13

Luol Deng

47

11

Gerald Green

35

9

Tyler Johnson

32

7

Amar’e Stoudemire

10

1

Beno Udrih

9

2

Justise Winslow

9

2

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