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Five Stars: Heat 112, Kings 106

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Gerald Green had his best game of the season, mostly in the first quarter. Miami defeated the Kings by six, finishing the game with just two of the five stars.

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First Star

Gerald Green (MIA) 27.0

Green makes his 10th appearance in the Five Stars with his second First Star performance. He scored a season-high 30 points (15 of them in the first quarter on six-of-six) shooting. Green hit 11-of-19 shots overall, sinking five-of-nine from outside and three-of-three from the line, with three rebounds, three steals, and an assist. In 32:53, he finished the game with a plus-5 rating.

Obviously, everybody was disappointed about the Lakers loss. Even though the Kings played very well, we just stayed patient, we stayed the course, listened to the game plan and everything (worked out). - Green

Second Star

Seth Curry (SAC) 20.7

Steph Curry isn't the only NBA player sired by the immortal Dell Curry. Seth, out of Duke University, is a three-year veteran on his fourth NBA team, but he only played a combined four games for his first three teams. He's spent 38 this season with the Kings, but is not usually amongst their top performers, averaging 5.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. Last night, he played 31:38 in just his fifth career start, scoring 21 points for the Kings. The key to his success, like his brother and his father before him, was from long-distance, where he went four-for-six. From two point territory, he shot just one-for-four, but he added a seven-for-eight night from the foul stripe. He also had three assists, two steals, two rebounds, and a plus-1 rating.

Third Star

Darren Collison (SAC) 19.3

Collison, Sacramento's backup point guard out of UCLA in his seventh NBA season with his fifth team, led the Kings off the bench with 26 points in 34:04. He went eight-for-13 from the field, including one-for-three from the line and all nine of his foul shot attempts. He earned a plus-4 rating for the Kings, with two assists and two rebounds.

We've been dealing with injuries and we've been dealing with other things off the court. I'm just proud guys have continued to stay with it. It's going to pay off in the near future, believe it or not. - Collison

Fourth Star

Luol Deng (MIA) 13.5

Deng, starting at power forward for Miami, played 34:25 and scored 17 points on seven-of-12 shooting, including all three of his deep attempts. He had a game-high plus-15 rating, with four assists and three rebounds. This was Deng's 25th appearance in the Five Stars, which ranks him fifth on the team.

We said this all along that this is going to be a harrowing ride down the stretch. You can get caught watching what other teams are doing, but ultimately it's in our hands. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Fifth Star

Rudy Gay (SAC) 13.3

Gay, Sacramento's 6'8" small forward out of the University of Connecticut, is in his 10th NBA season and with just his third NBA team. Last night, he had the Kings' only double-double of the game, scoring 20 points with 13 assists (four offensive). He shot nine-for-21 overall, missing all three of his shots from beyond the arc and making both of his free throws. He also had two steals, an assist, and a minus-10 rating.

The Rest

Joe Johnson (MIA) 12.0

Goran Dragic (MIA) 11.8

Kosta Koufos (SAC) 10.2

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 8.2

Justise Winslow (MIA) 7.2

Rajon Rondo (SAC) 6.9

James Anderson (SAC) 6.4

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 6.2

Ben McLemore (SAC) 4.9

Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC) 3.9

Josh Richardson (MIA) 1.3

Quincy Acy (SAC) 1.2

Omri Casspi (SAC) -0.2

Five Stars Standings




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RocketSprocket adds to his insurmountable lead in the Five Stars prediction game despite a night where he predicted just one of the stars (Deng), out of order (for just one point). He now has five in total, which is five more than anyone else. tik27 gets an honorable mention for attempting, but his picks were all off.

Miami has a quick turnaround with a game tonight in Portland with another late game. Check back here just before the tip for the live GameThread.