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Five Stars: Heat 124, Nuggets 119

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11 players have "above average" nights, but Miami had three of the top five in the Heat's five-point win against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Justise looking like Sonic the Hedgehog
Justise looking like Sonic the Hedgehog
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First Star

Kenneth Faried (DEN) 23.9

Faried, in his fifth season out of Morehead State University, somehow went the entire game without missing a shot, hitting all 11 of his field goal attempts and adding 11 boards (six offensive) to his 24 overall points. He made two-of-three foul shots, with two helpers, a block, and a plus-9 rating on the night in 25:41.

I just played basketball. Just trying to get a `W.' We lost, so it's tough. - Faried

Second Star 

Luol Deng (MIA) 19.8

Deng, ranking just inches behind Goran Dragic for fourth on the team in the Five Stars Standings, makes his 21st appearance and just his seventh at second star or higher. He tied for fifth on the Heat with 17 points (Miami had six players with 17 or more points) on seven-of-10 shooting in 33:04, missing both of his three-point shot attempts but making all three of his foul shots. He had eight boards (two offensive), two assists, two steals, and a plus-6 rating. He was the only Miami starter with a positive plus-minus rating on the night.

Third Star

Josh Richardson (MIA) 18.3

Richardson makes his second appearance in the top five. His other was also at number three. He played 32:45 off the bench, scoring 17 points on six-of-10 shooting, draining four-of-five from deep and one-of-two from the line. He tied Jakarr Sampson with a game-high plus-16 rating, and added four rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals.

Off the court, we're still rookies, but on the court, we're basketball players. - Richardson

Fourth Star

Gary Harris (DEN) 17.6

Harris, in his second season after getting drafted in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls out of Michigan State, started at shooting guard for the Nuggets and played a game-high 34:12. He had a plus-13 rating on the night, scoring 18 points on six-of-14 shooting. He made one-of-five three-pointers and five-of-six from the foul line, with three rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Fifth Star

Justise Winslow (MIA) 16.8

Winslow, making his sixth appearance in the Five Stars, scored a team-high 20 points for the Heat in 31:01 off the bench. He sunk eight-of-13 from the field, making his only three pointer and all three of his free throws. He earned a plus-12 rating on the night, with three rebounds and two steals in 33:09.

We won tonight, but shootouts, that's not our identity. It took us a while to wake up, but we got the stops we needed to do and came out with the (win). - Winslow

The Rest

Joe Johnson (MIA) 16.3

Johnson had 18 points on six-of-11 shooting, with five helpers, two boards and a steal.

Nikola Jokic (DEN) 15.3

Jokic had 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 27:48.

Emmanuel Mudiay (DEN) 14.6

Mudiay shot nine-for-19 overall for 23 points, along with 10 assists and three rebounds.

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 14.4

Whiteside made six-of-seven from the field and six-of-six from the line for 18 points, with 10 rebounds and just one block.

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 13.3

Wade had 19 points for the Heat, with five assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block.

Goran Dragic (MIA) 9.2

DJ Augustin (DEN) 8.6

Joffrey Lauvergne (DEN) 7.6

Lauvergne, in just over 12 minutes, scored 10 points on four-of-seven shooting with three rebounds (two offensive).

Darrell Arthur (DEN) 7.4

Jakarr Sampson (DEN) 6.2

Axel Toupane (DEN) 3.6

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 2.3

Josh McRoberts (MIA) 1.3

Will Barton (DEN) -4.8

Barton played over 20 minutes, going 0-for-6 from the field. On the plus side, he did had four defensive rebounds, but committed two fouls, turned the ball over once, had a shot blocked, and finished with a game-worst minus-19 rating.

Five Stars Standings




Dwyane Wade



Chris Bosh



Hassan Whiteside



Goran Dragic



Luol Deng



Gerald Green



Tyler Johnson



Justise Winslow



Joe Johnson



Josh McRoberts



Josh Richardson



Amar’e Stoudemire



Beno Udrih






The Charlotte Hornets lie in wait for the Heat's next matchup, at 7:30 PM on Thursday evening at the AmericanAirlines Arena.