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Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two
Miami’s Big Five
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In 2012-13, Miami won their second consecutive NBA Championship and their third overall with their third straight trip through all four rounds of the postseason. They floated through the regular season with an NBA-best and franchise-record 66-16 mark. You all probably remember this as the season that the Heat challenged the all-time record for consecutive victories, when they won 27 games in a row from February 3rd through March 25th.

After Miami’s dream regular season, they swept the outmatched Milwaukee Bucks in four games to open the playoffs, then eliminated the Chicago Bulls in five and the Indiana Pacers in seven before their epic, franchise-defining seven game series win over the San Antonio Spurs. In total, Miami won 82 basketball games through the 2012-13 regular season and playoffs. You know most of the supporting cast, but one newcomer showed up in the Five Stars.

First Star

LeBron James 2363.1

James topped what was probably his best-ever NBA season in 2011-12 with one that was arguably slightly better. For the second season in a row, he earned both the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award and the Finals MVP award. He was named to the All-NBA First team for the eighth season in a row, and was also on the NBA’s All-Defensive first team for the fifth consecutive time. He came as close as possible to winning the MVP award unanimously without getting every first place vote, as one voter had him second. He was the NBA Player of the Week six times and the Player of the Month in each of the first five months of the season, an unprecedented accomplishment in the annals of NBA history.

James led the NBA with 765 field goals, somehow turning the trick on an NBA seventh 1,354 field goal attempts for an NBA-fifth .565 shooting percentage, a remarkable number considering his 254 three-point shot attempts, of which he made 103 for a career-best .406 shooting percentage. He also made 403-of-535 free throws (.753). He ranked eighth in the association with 551 assists, third with 2,036 points, eighth with 37.9 minutes per game, and led the free world with a 31.6 PER. He also ranked fifth in the league with a 30.2% usage rate, with an NBA-third 124.6 offensive rating, an NBA best 14.6 Offensive Win Shares, an NBA 10th 4.7 Defensive Win Shares, a gobstopping 19.3 total Win Shares, and a league topping 11.6 box plus/minus. He has led that particular category eight times, including all four of his seasons with the Heat.

James averaged 37.9 minutes per game for the Heat in his third season in South Beach, scoring 26.8 points with 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals, and just under a block per game. He racked up 36 double-doubles, four triple-doubles, 71 performances of 20 or more points, and 26 times with more than 30. On January 17th, in a 99-90 win against the Los Angeles Lakers, he made 17-of-25 shots from the field for 39 points, with eight helpers, seven rebounds and three steals. Kobe Bryant went eight-for-25 opposite LeBron, scoring 22.

On February 26th, James played 48 minutes and scored 40 points with 16 assists, eight boards and a pair of steals in a two-overtime 141-129 win over the Sacramento Kings. On March 24th, James sunk 11-of-14 shots on his way to 32 points, with 10 assists, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots in a 109-77 laugher against the Charlotte Bobcats.

James PER dropped all the way down to 28.1 in the postseason, still the best on the team, 3.2 ahead of Chris Andersen and his amazing 46-for-57 performance from the field. James started all 23 games, played 41.7 minutes per game, and averaged 25.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.8 steals. His best night of the playoffs was the last, in Miami’s 95-88 Game Seven win over the San Antonio Spurs to close the season, when he poured in 37 points on 12-of-23 shooting, making five-of-10 from outside, all eight of his foul shots, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out four assists.

Second Star

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Wade made the Five Stars for the 10th time in his 10 Miami seasons, earning the Second Star for the third year in a row. He played in and started 69 contests at shooting guard, and made a then-career best .521 of his field goal attempts, draining 569-of-1093. He also made 17-of-66 from outside (.258) and .725 from the line (308-of-425).

Wade’s PER dropped a few points from the season just past to 24.0, with 29.5% usage, a 3.5 VORP, and 9.6 Win Shares, second on the club in each category. He played 34.7 minutes per game, with 21.2 points and 5.1 assists, also placing second in each stat on the team. He led Miami with 1.9 steals, ranked fourth with 5.0 rebounds and with 0.8 steals per game.

Cumulatively, Wade also was a clear-cut second, fitting neatly between James and perennial Third Star Chris Bosh. He played a team-third 2,391 minutes and scored 1,463 points with 352 assists and 128 steals for second on the team. He was third with 56 blocks and fourth with 344 total rebounds.

Wade had four double-doubles for the Heat in 2012-13, scoring 20 or more points 43 times. On December 1st, in a 102-89 victory against the Brooklyn Nets, he led Miami with 34 points on a 14-for-20 night, with seven assists. On February 6th, he played 36 minutes and totaled 31 points with eight helpers, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks as Miami defeated the Houston Rockets, 114-108. He had his best statline of the season in Miami’s double-overtime win against the Kings on February 26th, scoring 39 points on 19-of-28 shooting with eight boards, seven rebounds, three steals and two rejections.

Wade’s PER dropped to 18.7 for Miami’s second season. He played in 22 games for the Heat and scored 15.9 points with 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks in 35.5 minutes per game. His best game of the postseason came in Miami’s Game Four, 109-93 road win over the Spurs, when he totaled 32 points on 14-of-25 shooting, with six rebounds, six steals, and four assists.

Third Star

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Bosh settled into his familiar position as Miami’s Third Star in 2012-13, noticeably beginning to cultivate a long-range game. He still only made 21-of-74 from outside (.284), but better days were ahead.

Bosh earned a 20.0 PER with a 22.7% usage rate and team-third’s of 9.0 Win Shares and 2.0 VORP. He also ranked third with 33.2 minutes and 16.6 points, rejecting a team-best 1.4 shots per game. He was second with 6.8 rebounds, fourth with 0.9 steals, and fifth with 1.7 helpers, starting in each of the 74 games in which he appeared, mostly at center.

Bosh shot 485-for-907 from the field for a career-best .535 shooting percentage, also draining 241-of-302 from the line (.798). As a team, Miami shot a ridiculous .496 from the field overall, the top mark in the NBA by a wide margin.

Bosh totaled 15 double-doubles for the Heat, scoring 20 or more points 21 times. On November 3rd, he led Miami with 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting, with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal as the Heat downed the Denver Nuggets, 119-116. On January 10th, Bosh scored a game-high 29 points, going 13-for-18 with four boards, four rejections, two steals and a helper in a 92-90 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. In a 117-104 win against the Blazers on February 12th, he scored 32 points by making 13-of-16 field goals, with 11 rebounds and two steals.

Bosh started every postseason game for Miami, averaging 32.7 points and totaling 12.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals per game with a 16.8 PER. His best game was on May 10th, in Miami’s Game Three, 104-94 win over the Chicago Bulls in the second round, when he scored 20 points with 19 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.

Fourth Star

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Allen was a 6’5”, 205 lb. shooting guard from Merced, California. Born on July 20th, 1975, he came to the Heat after 16 full NBA seasons. After three college seasons with the University of Connecticut (101 games, 28.6 minutes, 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists), the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him in the first round of the 1996 NBA Entry Draft. Later in the day, the Wolves traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks with a first round pick (Rasho Nesterovic) for Stephon Marbury.

Allen played six and a half seasons for the Bucks (494 games, 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals, .406 three-point percentage, three All Star Games), five and a half seasons with the Seattle Supersonics (296 games, 24.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.3 steals, .386 three-point percentage), and five seasons with the Boston Celtics (358 games, 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, .409 three-point percentage). On July 11th, 2012, Allen signed on with the winning machine already in place in Miami, and made a great team even better.

Allen came off the bench 79 times for the Heat, and totaled a team-fifth 2,035 minutes. He was fourth on the team with 863 points and 67 steals, and fifth with 217 rebounds and 135 assists. He shot 139-of-332 from outside (.419), 292-of-651 overall (.449), and 140-of-158 from the line (an NBA-fifth .886).

Allen, also known as Jesus Shuttlesworth or Sugar Ray, averaged a career-low 25.8 minutes per game, with 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists, also all career lows. He put up a 14.7 PER (fifth on the team), a 19.3% usage rate, a team-fourth 5.4 Win Shares, and a 1.1 VORP.

Allen finished in double digits 49 times through the regular season. By GameScore, his best showing of the season was Miami’s three-point win over the Nuggets on November 3rd, when he drained six-of-10 from outside to score 23 points, with five rebounds and two steals. On January 6th, Allen made eight-of-12 shots, including three-of-four from deep to score 20 points with six boards in a win against the Washington Wizards, 99-71. He scored a season-high tying 23 points on April 10th, with six rebounds, four helpers and three steals in another win against the Wizards, 103-98.

Allen made it off the bench in all 23 postseason contests, and was fifth on the team with 24.9 minutes per game. He scored 10.2 points with 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting .406 from three-point distance. His best full-game performance was on May 8th, when he scored 21 points in Miami’s Game Two 115-78 shellacking of the Bulls. And of course there was this.

Fifth Star

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Chalmers made the Five Stars for the fourth time in his five professional seasons with the Heat in 2012-13.

Rio led Miami with 77 starts through the season, and played 26.9 minutes per game. He averaged 8.6 points with 3.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. He had a 16.1% usage rate, a 13.3 PER, 5.2 Win Shares, and a 1.6 VORP.

Chalmers totaled 666 points for the Heat in 2,068 minutes on the floor, shooting 227-of-529 (.429) overall, 123-of-301 (.409) from deep, and 89-of-112 (.795) from the foul line. He totaled a team-third 273 helpers and a team-third 118 steals, with 171 rebounds and 12 blocked shots.

Chalmers finished in double figures 24 times for Miami, and twice totaled 11 assists. On January 12th, he led Miami (despite the Big Three also playing in the game) with 34 points on 12-of-16 shooting, including a monstrous 10-of-13 show from three-point land, three assists, two steals and two rebounds in a 128-99 cakewalk over the Sacramento Kings. On March 10th, in a 105-91 win against the Indiana Pacers, he had 26 points on seven-of-nine shooting, making five-of-six from outside and adding seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. On March 25th, he scored 17 with five assists, four rebounds, and three steals as the Heat set down the Orlando Magic, 108-94.

Chalmers earned an 11.2 PER in the playoffs, and averaged 9.4 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.3 rebounds in 28.3 minutes per game. His best night was in Miami’s Game Two 103-84 win against the Spurs, when he scored 19 points with four rebounds and two assists.

The Rest

Shane Battier 432.3

Udonis Haslem 362.9

Norris Cole 360.9

Chris Andersen 342.0

Mike Miller 295.8

Rashard Lewis 187.5

Joel Anthony 118.5

James Jones 41.1

Juwan Howard 10.7

Josh Harrellson 5.3

Terrel Harris 4.9

Dexter Pittman 3.8

Jarvis Varnado -3.3

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