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Five Stars: Heat Backcourt Shine

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Miami’s backcourt set the bar pretty high against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Five Stars is a Hot Hot Hoops exclusive where we dig into the box score of each Heat game and pick apart the numbers under the numbers. The top five players are the Five Stars, regardless of which team they player for. I used the GameScore metric, with a slight adjustment for plus/minus to rank the players. This article is about Miami’s 109-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

First Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 23.5

Waiters tied a career-high with 33 points in total, including 20 in the first half. He made 12-of-19 overall and five-of-eight from three-point distance, along with four-of-eight from the foul stripe. He also had a plus-10 rating, three rebounds, three assists, and a steal in 33 minutes in his eighth Five Star appearance. It was his first “First Star” performance of the season.

I just try to play every game like it’s my last. Tonight the coaches told me to be aggressive, be me, and do what I do best - get to the rim. I was able to do that. - Waiters

Second Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 20.4

Dragic got into the Five Stars for the 20th time this season with a 25 point, six assist game. He drained three-of-five from outside (after going four-for-four in Miami’s last game) and made five-of-eight from two point distance, along with a six-for-seven show from the line. Dragic also had one rebound and a steal in 33 minutes, along with a plus-3 rating on the night.

Third Star

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 19.0

The Greek Freak, somehow still just 22-year-old and in his fourth NBA season, put in MIlwaukee’s best effort of the night with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He made eight-of-19 shots overall in 37 minutes, draining six-of-eight from the charity stripe and two-of-five from over the rainbow. Antentsodfksojasfnosdfgkljafsghfshoiupgijdiismpo also had three assists, two steals and a minus-7 rating.

Fourth Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 16.9

Whiteside makes his team-leading 29th appearance in the Five Stars, with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Whiteside made seven-of-eight from the floor and two-of-four from the line, with two blocked shots and a plus-eight rating in 30 minutes.

Those guys wre making so many shots I almost shot a 3. They take our team to another whole level when they play like that. - Whiteside

Fifth Star

Matthew Dellavedova (MIL) 15.1

Dellavedova, also in his fourth NBA season, played 35 minutes for the Bucks, and made five-of-eight from the field, including two-of-three from outside. He made all three of his foul shots, with seven assists, two rebounds, and an even plus-minus rating.

Saturday’s Worst

Malcolm Brogdon (MIL) -0.4

Brogdon spent 30 minutes on the floor after starting the game for the Bucks at point guard, and scored just four points on one-for-10 shooting, with two assists, two defensive rebounds, and a steal. He also had two personal fouls and posted a minus-13 rating.

We have a lot of games to be played. There’s no reason to panic. - Bucks coach Jason Kidd

Nightly Notable

Miami outscored the Bucks in each of the four quarters, and out-assisted (18-to-17), out-stole (eight-to-six), and out-blocked (three-to-two) Milwaukee. The two clubs were even with 11 turnovers apiece and Milwaukee claimed a two-board lead, outrebounding the Heat 41-39.

Five Stars Standings

Although I was out of it for the last few days, I still kept track of the seasons’ standings as far as the Five Stars overall.

Hassan Whiteside 185
Goran Dragic 133
Tyler Johnson 94
James Johnson 44
Dion Waiters 44
Josh Richardson 26
Willie Reed 23
Justise Winslow 16
Wayne Ellington 13
Rodney McGruder 3
Derrick Williams 1
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1