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Goran Dragic and Willie Reed played Mr. Inside, Mr. Outside for a dozen-point win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday 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 for Miami’s 100-88 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

First Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 27.8

Dragic earned his 23rd trip into the Five Stars with his eighth First Star of the season. In 34:20, he made 12-of-20 shots overall (and only one-of-four from outside) for a game-high 26 points. He made his only free throw attempt, 11 rebounds, three steals, five rebounds, and a game-high plus-19 rating. His approximate PER was also a game-high, at 25.2.

Second Star

Willie Reed (MIA) 21.9

Reed makes his seventh Five Star appearance, by making nine-of-11 shots from the field for an approximate 18.0 PER. In 37:23, he also made both his foul shots, collected five rebounds, and finished with one assist, one steal, and a plus-16 rating with his 20 points.

Third Star

Rajon Rondo (CHI) 18.4

Rondo earned a 19.1 PER in 31:43 off the bench for the Bulls, and made six-of-eight from the floor for 13 points. He made his only free throw and also pitched in seven assists, seven rebounds, a team-high plus-8 rating, and three steals.

Rondo has been in the news for the last few days after a Twitter/Instagram exchange with Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.

Fourth Star

Taj Gibson (CHI) 14.7

Gibson was the only Chicago starter to shoot above 50%, making four-of-six along with all six of his foul shots for 14 points. In 26:12, he earned a 22.7 PER and pulled down five rebounds with four blocks, two assists, and a steal.

Fifth Star

Rodney McGruder (MIA) 14.6

McGruder, in his second trip to the Five Stars, scored nine points with four rebounds, three steals, and a plus-17 rating. He made three-of-four overall in 27:56, draining both of his free throws and his only shot from over the rainbow. His 14.4 PER didn’t get above the NBA’s “average” score of 15, but neither did anyone else who wasn’t named Dragic, Reed, Rondo or Gibson.

Nightly Notable

Turnovers were clearly the key to Miami’s win. The Bulls were notably sloppy throughout, and turned it over 20 times to just 10 for Miami. Dwyane Wade led six Bulls with multiple turnovers with four.

Friday’s Worst

Jimmy Butler (CHI) -11.1

Butler was historically bad, with the lowest adjusted GameScore that I’ve seen this season. In 33:21, he made just one-of-13 shots, posting a minus-23 rating for just three points. That’s about 22 points below his average this season.

Five Stars Standings

Hassan Whiteside 185
Goran Dragic 151
Tyler Johnson 94
Dion Waiters 62
James Johnson 44
Willie Reed 33
Josh Richardson 26
Wayne Ellington 19
Justise Winslow 16
Rodney McGruder 5
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1