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Brook Lopez had a monster game, but with nobody to back him up, the Heat came back to win by three in Brooklyn on Wednesday 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 covers Miami’s 109-106 comeback victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

First Star

Brook Lopez (BKN) 21.0

Lopez, Brooklyn’s only Five Star representative, scored 19 points in the first quarter, including five-of-six from outside to get things started on the right high-top for the Nets. In 33:20 in total, he scored a game-high 33 points on 11-for-23 shooting, making seven-of-14 three-pointers, collecting four rebounds, and dishing out three assists. His plus-11 rating for the night was the highest figure on the Nets.

Second Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 18.5

For the third game in a row, Waiters earned Miami’s top star. In his 10th Five Star performance, he led Miami with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting, his fourth above-.500 shooting contest this season and third in a row. In 36:13, he also drained two-of-three from deep, two-of-four from the line, handed out eight helpers, pulled down five rebounds, and finished the night with a minus-1 rating.

Third Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 16.6

Dragic scored 17 points and finished at plus-6, the only positive plus-minus figure from amongst Miami’s starters. In a team-high 39:07, he came perilously close to a triple-double, with nine assists and a game-best nine rebounds (three offensive). He made six-of-16 shots overall and one-of-three from outside, going four-for-five from the stripe and collecting two steals in his 22nd Five Star performance.

Third Star (tie)

Wayne Ellington (MIA) 16.6

Ellington, making his fourth appearance on the Five Stars, came off the bench to score 22 points in 36:25. He shot eight-for-15 overall, including four-of-seven from three-point range. He made both of his free throws, with four rebounds an assist, and a plus-15 rating. But there was also this:

Ellington spoke with Jason Jackson after the game:

Fifth Star

Willie Reed (MIA) 14.1

Reed, who was making his sixth Five Star appearance, earned an incredible plus-34 in 23:49 on the court (Hassan Whiteside finished at minus-30). Off the bench, Reed made four-of-five field goals and six-of-eight free throws, with four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a blocked shot to go with his 14 points.

Nightly Notable

Okaro White tied Bojan Bogdanovic with a seldom-mentioned (but always there) sixth star, with a GameScore of 12.4. In 27:09, White scored 10 points with seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

Season Standings

Hassan Whiteside 185
Goran Dragic 141
Tyler Johnson 94
Dion Waiters 62
James Johnson 44
Josh Richardson 26
Willie Reed 25
Wayne Ellington 19
Justise Winslow 16
Rodney McGruder 3
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1