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Miami placed three of the five stars in defeat at the hands of the Lakers in overtime on Wednesday night in LA.

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First Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 24.4

Deng played a game-high 41:08 for Miami with his fourth First Star performance of the season. It was his 24th appearance in the countdown overall. He registered a minus-2 rating, scoring 22 points on nine-of-15 shooting. This includes a two-for-four night both from three-point territory and from the foul line. He managed to secure 11 rebounds (five offensive) for his 10th double-double of the season, with three blocked shots, two assists, and a steal.

You typically get what you deserve in this league and we did not deserve this game. The road is real. It doesn't matter who you play. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Second Star

Jordan Clarkson (LAL) 20.5

Clarkson, a second year guard out of the University of Missouri, scored a game-high 26 points on a nine-for-19 performance from the field. In 36:03, he made two-of-six from over the rainbow and six-of-eight from the stripe, with six rebounds (two offensive), an assist and a steal, finishing at minus-5 for the game.

Third Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 20.0

Wade, making his 41st Five Star appearance, led Miami with a game-high tying 26 points on 12-of-21 shooting. He led Miami with a plus-13 rating, also going two-for-two from the line. In 38:35, he earned his second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds (two offensive). The other one, on January 11th versus the Golden State Warriors, was earned with assists. Wade also pitched in with five assists and two blocked shots.

It was just total disrespect to the opponents tonight. Those guys are good players, and you have to play them the same way you play an opponent you fear. We didn't do that, and that's why they got the win. - Wade


Fourth Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 19.4

Whiteside, who made his team-leading 42nd Five Star appearance, came off the bench for 38:45, earning the third of three Miami double-doubles with 18 points and 17 rebounds (five offensive). Whiteside shot six-for-eight from the floor and a pedestrian six-of-12 from the foul stripe, with seven blocked shots and a minus-9 rating on the night.

Fifth Star

Roy Hibbert (LAL) 15.1

Hibbert, in his eighth NBA season out of Georgetown University, started at center for the Lakers and scored 12 points on five-of-10 shooting. He made both of his free throw attempts, with nine rebounds (six offensive), three blocks, two steals, and an assist, with a minus-2 rating in 32:49.

The Rest

Julius Randle (LAL) 12.3

Goran Dragic (MIA) 8.2

Joe Johnson (MIA) 7.9

Louis Williams (LAL) 7.1

D'Angelo Russell (LAL) 6.2

I felt like we had a whole bunch of motivation to pull one out. It was tough to a certain extent, but we've got a guy like Kobe that's been through everything, and he was like, `You've got to just play. You've got to just play.' I just ran with it. - Russell

Larry Nance (LAL) 5.9

Brandon Bass (LAL) 5.2

Justise Winslow (MIA) 4.9

Marcelo Huertas (LAL) 3.6

Ryan Kelly (LAL) 2.7

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 2.1

Josh Richardson (MIA) -1.7

Kobe Bryant (LAL) -2.5

Adversity is always tough, especially with a group of young guys. There's always light, even when it's the darkest. Even when you can't see it at all. Adversity is always tough, especially with a group of young guys. - Kobe "Socrates" Bryant, who played only nine minutes in the first quarter before sitting out with general soreness.

Five Stars Standings

Player

TP

COUNT

Dwyane Wade

268

41

Hassan Whiteside

247

42

Chris Bosh

213

33

Goran Dragic

141

27

Luol Deng

136

24

Gerald Green

35

9

Tyler Johnson

32

7

Josh Richardson

23

4

Justise Winslow

22

6

Joe Johnson

19

3

Amar’e Stoudemire

14

2

Josh McRoberts

12

2

Beno Udrih

10

3

GOAT

2

1

Rocket Sprocket was the only person who made any serious predictions, guessing four out of the top five stars (he also picked Josh Richardson, like Roy Hibbert was the first one on YOUR mind for this series, smh). The standings look like this:

Rocket Sprocket - 4 points
Everyone Else - 0 points

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