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Five Stars: Heat 129, Bulls 111

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The Heat make over two-thirds of their field goal attempts in their best shooting performance ever. They also had the top four players in last night's laugher in Chicago.

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Miami had half of their eight players that appeared last night in the Five Stars. They shot 67.5% from the field, a team record, and also sunk six-of-12 from outside, including five-of-six between Joe Johnson and Luol Deng.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 27.8

Whiteside played 33:01 off the bench for Miami, earning a double-double while spelling Amar'e Stoudemire at center. He hit eight-of-11 shots overall, along with a staggering 10-of-11 free throws for a career- and team-high 26 points. Otherwise, it was just another day at the office for Whiteside, who also had 14 rebounds, four blocks, an assist and a plus-3 rating. It was his 31st appearance on the Five Stars, and his 11th First Star of the season.

He's an amazing player and I'm glad he's on our side. - Whiteside, on Second Star Joe Johnson

Second Star

Joe Johnson (MIA) 21.9

Johnson started at small forward for the Heat, and got into the Five Stars for the first time in just his second game with the club. In 32:32, he made 10-of-13 shots, including two-of-three from outside and both of his foul shots. Along with his 24 points, he also had five rebounds, four assists, a block, and a plus-24 rating.

The game felt effortless offensively. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Third Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 18.4

Dragic played 34:34, making eight-of-14 shots from the field with a game-high plus-26 rating starting at point guard. Although he missed both of his long-distance shots, he made one-of-two from the line, a game-high 11 helpers, four rebounds and a steal with his 17 points on the night. It was Dragic's 20th time in the Five Stars, and only his second double-double of the season.

We're not calling specific play calls to say, `OK, this is for you, you get your shot.' It's five-man basketball, guys are making the right play and if you see somebody open you follow the fundamental law of basketball and throw it to them. - Spoelstra

Fourth Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 16.1

In his 16th appearance in the Five Stars this season, Deng started the night at power forward, leading all players with 36:50 on the court. He scored 20 points on eight-of-10 shooting, including all three of his shots from beyond the arc and one-of-two from the line. He had a plus-15 rating, with four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Fifth Star (tie)

Bobby Portis (CHI) 14.5

Portis made five-of-eight shots in 26:51 off the bench for the Bulls, scoring 11 points with seven rebounds, four steals and a minus-7 rating. The rookie out of the University of Arkansas made his only three pointer.

Pau Gasol (CHI) 14.5

Gasol, in his 15th season out of Barcelona, Spain, scored 15 points with nine rebounds, six assists, and a blocked shot. He started at center and made six-of-13 from the field in 30:26, going one-of-two from outside and two-of-two from the charity stripe.

The Rest

Taj Gibson (CHI) 11.9

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 11.8

Derrick Rose (CHI) 11.3

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 10.5

Josh Richardson (MIA) 9.4

Jrue Holiday (CHI) 8.0

Etwaun Moore (CHI) 7.8

Mike Dunleavy (CHI) 7.2

Aaron Brooks (CHI) 7.2

Doug McDermott (CHI) 6.7

Justise Winslow (MIA) 2.2

Cameron Bairstow (CHI) 0.9

Cristiano Felicio (CHI) -1.1

Tony Snell (CHI) -1.2

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



Joe Johnson






Miami's next matchup will have them facing the Phoenix Suns, tomorrow night at 7:30 from AmericanAirlines Arena.