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The inherent fallibility of statistics leaves Hassan Whiteside and his triple-double off the Five Stars.

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Five Stars is a series where I turn the focus to the five players who achieved the highest GameScore for each contest, regardless of team affiliation. Last night's game left Hassan Whiteside at number six despite a triple-double, resulting in my one-time decision to make today's article a 10 Stars.

First Star

Marvin Williams (CHA) 22.4

11-year veteran forward Williams scored a game-high 27 points for the Hornets on a crisp 12-of-17 shooting performance from the field. He earned a plus-2 rating in 32:26, making two-of-four from outside and his only foul shot. He also grabbed four rebounds with two assists and a blocked shot.

Second Star

Nicolas Batum (CHA) 20.2

Eight-year man Batum played a game-high 39 minutes, sinking seven-of-12 shots overall and four-of-seven from deep, along with a plus-4 rating, seven assists, six rebounds, and three blocked shots.

Third Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 18.3

Dragic represents Miami's top star after nearly notching a triple double in 32 minutes. He shot five-for-10 overall, missing both of his three-pointers and making both of his free throws for a total of a dozen points. He had nine assists, eight rebounds, a plus-7 rating, and two steals to close out his statline. He ranks fourth on the Heat with 14 appearances in the Five Stars series.

Fourth Star

Kemba Walker (CHA) 16.9

Walker continued to show up against the Heat. The fifth-year veteran made just seven-of-18 from the field, but made four-of-eight from beyond the rainbow and both of his free throws. He rounded out the triumvirate of 20 point-ers for the night, joining Williams and Batum with exactly 20. He also had six assists, five rebounds, and two steals, closing the night with a plus-4 rating in 36:10.

Whiteside just dominated every aspect of that game. - Hornets coach Steve Clifford

Fifth Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 16.8

Wade, making his 30th appearance in the Five Stars, was one of only two players on the team (along with Justise Winslow) to shoot better than 50% on the night. He made 11-of-20 for 22 points, somehow not taking any three- or one-point shot attempts. In 29:40, he earned a minus-6 rating with five helpers, three rebounds, and two steals.

We know we have to get stops. We know we have enough offensive firepower down the stretch to get great looks. Tonight, Hassan was incredible down the stretch with protecting the basket. - Wade

Sixth Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 13.2

Whiteside earned his third triple-double of the season (and fourth overall) with exactly 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocks. He made four-of-eight from the field, two-of-three from the line, and a plus-8 rating in 27:02.

I was at the YMCA around the corner two years ago; now I'm here. When a ball is around my elbow area, I'm going to try and catch it. - Whiteside, on humble beginnings

...and how about that one handed block/steal?

Seventh Star

Justise Winslow (MIA) 13.2

Winslow came off the bench to rank second on the Heat with 32:57 of floor time. He made four-of-six shots for eight total points, but also had 10 rebounds and two assists to go with a minus-4 rating for the night.

Eighth Star

Chris Bosh (MIA) 12.4

Bosh ranked second on Miami with 20 points, scored in a team-high 35:13. He led all Heat starters with a plus-11 rating, making nine-of-20 overall shots and missing two from downtown. Aside from going two-for-three from the line, he grabbed six boards and dished out two assists.

Ninth Star

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA) 7.2

KG, a fourth-year veteran playing in his 199th regular season game, played 30:22 and sunk four-of-seven two-pointers. He made his only foul shot and pitched in to Charlotte's losing effort with three rebounds, an assist, and a blocked shot with his nine points. He finished at plus-2.

10th Star

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 5.6

STAT rounds out the Top 10 with seven points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots in 15:55. He had a minus-8 rating, and made just two-of-five from the floor and three-of-six from the charity stripe.

The Rest

Cody Zeller (CHA) 4.5

Jeremy Lin (CHA) 4.4

Luol Deng (MIA) 4.2

Jeremy Lamb (CHA) 3.6

Spencer Hawes (CHA) 2.5

Beno Udrih (MIA) 1.6

Gerald Green (MIA) -0.8

Frank Kaminsky (CHA) -1.2

PJ Hairston (CHA) -1.9

Five Stars Standings

Player

TP

COUNT

Chris Bosh

213

33

Dwyane Wade

196

30

Hassan Whiteside

145

25

Goran Dragic

70

14

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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