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Miami wins the first game of the home-and-home series for the Sixers by 10 points, but it was never really that close. Philadelphia did rather well in the Five Stars regardless, placing three of the five players.

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First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 21.6

Whiteside's 19 points only ranked him fourth in the game (behind the second, third, and fourth stars), but he matched it with 19 boards (four offensive), two assists, two blocked shots, and a plus-11 rating. He made six-of-11 shots from the field and seven-of-eight from the line in 34:10 off the bench. His free throw shooting turnaround has been nothing short of remarkable. After making 55.2% of his attempts prior to the all-star break, he has made 28 of his last 30. This was Whiteside's 12th First Star, and his 32nd overall appearance.

It's been impressive. Credit is due to him. After the All-Star break, he came back a different person on the basketball floor. He's really focused on being dominant night in and night out. - Dwyane Wade

Second Star

Robert Covington (PHI) 20.5

Covington, playing in his third season out of Tennessee State, started at shooting guard for the Sixers and led all players with 40:36 on the court. He made eight-of-18 shots from the field, including four-of-11 from outside and five-of-six from the free throw line, along wtih five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block to go with his 25 points. Covington's minus-11 rating was better only than that of teammate Carl Landry.

Third Star

Ish Smith (PHI) 19.1

Smith led everyone with 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting, making two-of-four both from three-point and one-point distance. In 38:28 as Philadelphia's starting point guard, the six-year veteran of nine NBA teams out of Wake Forest also had eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and a minus-4 rating.

Fourth Star

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 18.8

Wade, in his 35th Five Star appearance, scored 21 points in 26:29 starting at shooting guard for Miami. He made seven-of-16 shots from the field and seven-of-nine from the line, with eight boards, four helpers, three steals, a blocked shot and a plus-5 rating.

There was a lot of uncertainty with what our team's dealt with this year. But I think adding a player like Joe and with guys coming out of the All-Star break having to play without Chris has really built the confidence in everyone. And it's all come together. - Wade

Fifth Star

Richaun Holmes (PHI) 17.1

Holmes, a rookie power forward out of Bowling Green for the perpetual rebuilding project that is the Sixers, played 25:09 off the bench and collected a career-high eight rebounds (six offensive). He was the only Philadelphia player to finish with a positive plus/minus, finishing his night with a mark of plus-8. He shot five-of-seven from the field, making his only three-pointer and both of his free throws for 13 points in total. He added two assists, a steal, and a blocked shot in the loss.

The Rest

Luol Deng (MIA) 12.5

Joe Johnson (MIA) 12.1

Johnson scored 12 points on five-of-seven shooting in just under 26 minutes, with two assists and two steals.

Goran Dragic (MIA) 11.9

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 11.2

Stoudemire played under 14 minutes, but was one of seven Miami players to score in double-digits, throwing in a dozen by shooting four-of-five from the field and from the line, along with four rebounds and a steal. There was a scary moment midway through the first quarter where Stoudemire was bleeding from his scalp from a laceration, but he later returned to action.

Hollis Thompson (PHI) 9.8

TJ McConnell (PHI) 5.6

Elton Brand (PHI) 5.4

Jeramy Grant (PHI) 4.7

Gerald Green (MIA) 4.5

Josh Richardson (MIA) 4.4

Isaiah Canaan (PHI) 4.1

Carl Landry (PHI) 0.2

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 0.0

Justise Winslow (MIA) -2.3

Winslow would probably rather forget this outing. In 16:17 off the bench, he had just two points, going one-for-three from the floor and 0-for-two from the line. Although he pitched in with three offensive rebounds and a blocked shot, he was whistled four times and turned the ball over thrice.

Five Stars Standings

Player

TP

COUNT

Dwyane Wade

228

35

Chris Bosh

213

33

Hassan Whiteside

197

32

Goran Dragic

104

21

Luol Deng

83

17

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

GOAT

2

1

Miami's next time out will see them rematch with these same 76ers, only on Miami's home court. Tune in Sunday at 6PM for the tipoff, and stop in our gamethread for a selection of our finest meats and cheeses.