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The Miami Heat eliminated the Chicago Bulls from playoff contention on Thursday night, despite Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler earning the top two stars.

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First Star

Pau Gasol (CHI) 22.7

Gasol, Chicago's 15-year veteran out of Barcelona, Spain, earned the Bulls' only double-double of the night. Starting at center, he played 33:09 and scored 21 points on seven-of-11 shooting. He missed his only three-point shot attempt and collected 12 boards (three offensive). He also had four blocked shots, two assists, and a minus-17 rating.

Second Star

Jimmy Butler (CHI) 16.7

Butler scored a game-high 25 points for the Bulls in a game-high 40:04 starting at shooting guard. The fifth-year product of Marquette University also dished out six helpers, blocked a shot, and pulled down a single rebound to finish the game with a minus-13 rating.

Obviously it's not the way that we wanted. I think everybody thinks about it each and every day. It probably keeps everybody up late, I know it does for me. But we can't change it now. It is what it is. - Butler

Third Star

Joe Johnson (MIA) 16.4

Johnson, in the Five Stars for only the fourth time since joining the Heat from Brooklyn, led Miami with 35:10 on the floor. He scored 17 points on seven-of-10 shooting, draining three-of-four from outside and earning a game-high plus-17 rating. He also had four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Fourth Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 15.5

Whiteside had one of two double-doubles for the Heat, and leads the team with 45 appearances in the Five Stars. He scored 16 points on five-of-11 shooting and made six-of-seven from the charity stripe. He collected 12 rebounds (five offensive), blocking one shot and making one steal before fouling out in 27:19. He ended up with a plus-9 rating in 27:19 off the bench.

That's his gift - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Whiteside's only block of the game, on a Derrick Rose layup attempt which would have given the Bulls a late lead.

Fifth Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 14.6

The Dragon matched Whiteside's 16 points and 12 rebounds (four offensive) in his 29th time in the Five Stars. He hit seven-of-16 shots, missing all three of his long distance attempts. Dragic made both of his free throws in 30:46, making four assists and finishing with a block, a steal, and a minus-7 rating.

The Rest

Dwyane Wade (MIA) 14.4

Flash just missed out on the Five Stars, scoring 21 points and making four assists with five rebounds in 32:56.

At this time of year, you have to use certain situations to try to prepare us because we've never been there together as a team. This was one of those situations. - Wade

Derrick Rose (CHI) 13.0

Still have three more to go. - Rose

Amar'e Stoudemire (MIA) 10.8

STAT continues to put up relatively big numbers in limited time, scoring 10 points with three rebounds and three steals in 16 minutes.

Jrue Holiday (CHI) 9.8

Luol Deng (MIA) 8.3

Cristiano Felicio (CHI) 8.2

Felicio had eight points and seven rebounds with an assist in just 14 minutes for the Bulls.

Bobby Portis (CHI) 6.9

Josh Richardson (MIA) 6.4

Nikola Mirotic (CHI) 3.3

Mike Dunleavy (CHI) 1.8

Doug McDermott (CHI) 1.8

Udonis Haslem (MIA) 0.2

Justise Winslow (MIA) -0.3

Five Stars Standings

Player

TP

COUNT

Dwyane Wade

270

42

Hassan Whiteside

262

45

Chris Bosh

213

33

Goran Dragic

151

29

Luol Deng

143

26

Gerald Green

45

10

Tyler Johnson

32

7

Joe Johnson

25

4

Josh Richardson

23

4

Justise Winslow

22

6

Miami's next game will see them against the Orlando Magic, tonight at 7PM.