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Five Stars: Heat 113, Pelicans 99

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Miami earned a 14-point win in New Orleans, but it wasn't really all that close.

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First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 23.9

Whiteside is tied for the team-lead with 38 Five Star appearances this season, and this is his 13th First Star performance of the year. Coming on in relief off the bench, he scored 24 points with 14 rebounds (five offensive) and three blocked shots in 30:17. He made 10-of-11 from the field and four-of-six from the line, with a steal and a plus-13 rating on the night.

I don't know, man. It felt like a really good game. I felt like they were kind of relaxed and I was getting a couple wide-open jumpers and I was trying to take advantage of them.

- Whiteside

Second Star

Jrue Holiday (NOP) 22.1

Holiday, a 25-year-old point guard out of UCLA, is in his seventh NBA season and his third with the Pelicans. He led a pretty thin bunch with 24 points on seven-of-23 shooting, including three-of-eight from outside. He drained all seven free throw attempts on the night, and added five defensive rebounds, seven helpers and four steals in a team-high 36:24. His minus-19 rating was the lowest figure on either club.

We were playing against a really great basketball team tonight, and when they needed to close out the game, they gave the ball to Dwyane Wade. He's done it for many years in this league - Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry

Third Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 18.4

Wade, tied with Whiteside with his 38th Five Star showing of the season, is also tied with the center with 13 First Stars. Miami's starting shooting guard played 31:12, going 10-for-21 from the field and five-of-six from the line for 25 total points. Wade kicked in seven rebounds (two offensive), with three assists, a steal, and a plus-13 rating.

What's great about the last couple games is the ball's been finding energy and Dwyane has been the energy. He's been creating his opportunities off of his energy. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Fourth Star

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 17.1

Stoudemire started at center and played just 15:10 in total. His per-minute production was off the charts (his figures, when extrapolated into a 36 minute game, yield a gamescore of 54.1). He tripped the lights fantastic with 16 points on six-of-eight shooting, with four made free throws with no misses. He had nine boards (five offensive), with two blocked shots and a plus-4 rating. It was just his second appearance amongst the Five Stars this year.

Fifth Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 15.4

Dragic, in the Five Stars for the 26th time, led Miami with a game-high 36:26 on the court. He made eight-of-18 shots, including three-of-seven from over the rainbow, and also sunk both of his free throw tries. Along with his 21 points on the night, he had eight rebounds (two offensive), with five assists, a steal, and a plus-15 rating.

The Rest

Luke Babbitt (NOP) 14.1

Justise Winslow (MIA) 10.0

Joe Johnson (MIA) 9.1

Omer Asik (NOP) 8.2

Tim Frazier (NOP) 6.8

Toney Douglas (NOP) 5.9

Alonzo Gee (NOP) 4.2

Dante Cunningham (NOP) 3.4

Luol Deng (MIA) 3.4

Alexis Ajinca (NOP) 2.6

Kendrick Perkins (NOP) 0.8

Josh Richardson (MIA) -0.3

Gerald Green (MIA) -0.7

Josh McRoberts (MIA) -1.9

Five Stars Standings




Dwyane Wade



Hassan Whiteside



Chris Bosh



Goran Dragic



Luol Deng



Gerald Green



Tyler Johnson



Justise Winslow



Joe Johnson



Amar’e Stoudemire



Miami will head straight to San Antonio for a showdown tonight with the Spurs, who have not lost a home game this season.