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Five Stars: Heat 118, Bulls 96

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Miami trailed for over half of the game, but came back to outscore the Bulls by 19 in the fourth quarter. They netted the first four stars, and six of the top seven players in the game.

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First Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 27.0

Dragic, in his 23rd Five Star appearance, earned the First Star for believe it or not, the first time. He played 30:30 as Miami's starting point guard, with a game-high 26 points, nine assists, an a plus-29 rating. He shot 10-for-16 from the field, one-of-two from outside, and five-for-six from the line, with three defensive rebounds, a steal, and a blocked shot.

We played defense and forced them to make a lot of turnovers. We were really aggressive. After that, we could run. We scored a lot of points in the open court. - Dragic

Second Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 21.6

Deng, starting at power forward, earned his 20th Star of the season, leading the Heat with 32:19 of court time. He sunk seven-of-12 from the field, with three-for-five three-pointers and both of his free throws. He matched Dragic's plus-29 rating, with six rebounds (one offensive), four steals, and two assists.

Once we got the lead we started to get comfortable, and then they were reacting to us. We got them thinking and that is our game. - Deng

Third Star

Josh Richardson (MIA) 21.5

Richardson finally got into the Five Stars for the first time, scoring 22 points on nine-of-12 shooting off the bench, also making four-of-six from deep in 31:44. He registered a plus-13 rating with two rebounds (one offensive) with four assists and a steal.

Fourth Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 17.8

Whiteside, at 35 Five Star appearances trailing team-leader Dwayne Wade by one, played 30:36 off the bench in relief of Amar'e Stoudemire. He scored 13 points on six-of-13 shooting and one-for-two on foul shots. He earned a plus-24 rating with 16 rebounds (three offensive), along with three blocked shots and a pair of assists.

Fifth Star

Paul Gasol (CHI) 16.7

Gasol, Chicago's 15-year veteran starting center, was the Bulls' lone Five Star rep. He played 29:37 and scored 17 points with 12 boards and nine assists. A good night - but his six turnovers relegated him to the fifth slot. He made seven-of-12 shots and two-of-three from over the rainbow, along with one-of-two foul shots. He had a minus-15 rating and blocked two shots.

When we made mistakes, they capitalized. They busted the game open and kept going and started making all kinds of shots. - Gasol

The Rest 

Joe Johnson (MIA) 15.3

Johnson played 28:44 and scored 15 points with four steals, three rebounds, and two assists.

Justise Winslow (MIA) 12.8

Taj Gibson (CHI) 10.7

Gibson scored 13 points with six rebounds in just under 25 minutes.

Justin Holiday (CHI) 10.6

Mike Dunleavy (CHI) 7.7

Bobby Portis (CHI) 7.2

Doug McDermott (CHI) 6.9

Aaron Brooks (CHI) 5.6

Nikola Mirotic (CHI) 5.1

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 5.1

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 4.1

E'twaun Moore (CHI) 4.0

Tony Snell (CHI) 3.9

Christiano Felicio (CHI) 0.8

Josh McRoberts (MIA) 0.3

Udonis Haslem (MIA) -0.7

Gerald Green (MIA) -1.1

Five Stars Standings

Player

TP

COUNT

Dwyane Wade

238

36

Chris Bosh

213

33

Hassan Whiteside

210

35

Goran Dragic

118

23

Luol Deng

104

20

Gerald Green

35

9

Tyler Johnson

32

7

Justise Winslow

19

4

Josh McRoberts

12

2

Amar’e Stoudemire

10

1

Beno Udrih

10

3

Joe Johnson

8

1

Josh Richardson

6

1

GOAT Chalmers

2

1

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