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Five Stars: Big Three Warriors Trumped By Heat Backcourt

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Golden State has their own “Big Three,” but they weren’t enough to contend with Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic on Monday night.

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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 105-102 win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

First Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 26.5

Waiters earned top honors for the second time this season, and the second game in a row, getting into the Five Stars for a ninth time. In 32:57 starting for the Heat at shooting guard, he made 13-of-20 shots from the field, including an electric six-for-eight from outside along with one foul shot in one try. He pitched in five rebounds, four assists, and a steal, earning a plus-4 rating with his game-high 33 points.

Second Star

Kevin Durant (GSW) 17.8

Durant led the Warriors with 27 points on 12-of-23 shooting in 36:26 on the floor, including a dreadful one-for-eight night from deep. He made both of his foul shot attempts, with six rebounds, three assists, and a steal. His minus-8 rating for the game was the worst of any player aside from Miami’s James Johnson.

Third Star

Stephen Curry (GSW) 14.6

Curry, Golden State’s all-world point guard, made just seven-of-19 shots overall for 21 total points. He made three-of-nine from three-point distance and four-of-five from the stripe, with a game-high 10 rebounds, a game-high eight assists, and a blocked shot. He registered a plus-2 rating to go with his 21 points in 36:31.

Fourth Star

Klay Thompson (GSW) 13.5

Thompson played 37:09 and scored 22 points on eight-of-18 shooting. He drained three-of-eight from over the rainbow and three-of-four from the line, with five rebounds, two steals, a block, an assist, and a plus-1 rating.

Fifth Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 11.3

In a team-best 35:33, Dragic scored 19 points on five-of-14 shooting, making one-of-five from deep and eight-of-13 from the line, with five assists, four rebounds, a steal, and a minus-3 rating which belied his effectiveness on the court. It was his 21st Five Star performance, but only his second “Fifth Star.”

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