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DeAndre Jordan and Hassan Whiteside faced off in Los Angeles, and the Heat escaped with a three-point victory.

Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Five Stars is a series where we use the GameScore metric to measure each player’s individual contribution on each game. I use a small adjustment for plus-minus to give their defensive efforts slightly more weight than is taken into account with just blocks and steals. All players are included, no matter which team they play for. This article is for Miami’s three-point win against the Los Angeles Clippers on November 6th, 2017.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 23.0

Whiteside played 31 minutes in total for the Heat, starting at center opposite DeAndre Jordan. He made nine-of-16 shots overall and all three of his foul shot attempts, with 17 rebounds (six offensive), three steals, two blocks, a helper, and a plus-8 rating along with his 21 points. His per-minute production ranked him as Miami’s best overall player, and second only to ex-Miami player Willie Reed (more on him below).

That's what you want out of a Defensive Player of the Year candidate going against an MVP-level candidate,'' he said. ''You don't see too many of those in today's game where it's just `mano y mano.'

Second Star

Blake Griffin (LAC) 16.2

Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points starting at power forward for the Clippers. In a game-high 36 minutes, he made eight-of-18 from the field, including two-of-five from outside. He also drained five-of-seven from the stripe, with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a minus-1 rating.

We don't want to be in that position, but if we are it's a shot I'm willing to take. Unfortunately, it didn't go in. - Griffin, on missing a three pointer with three seconds remaining

Third Star

DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 16.1

Jordan started at center for Los Angeles, and only made half of his eight field goal attempts, well below his career field goal success rate of .675. He pulled down 19 boards (11 of them offensive), with three assists, a block, and a minus-3 rating to finish with 10 points in 33 minutes. Jordan also made two-of-three foul shots.

Fourth Star

Josh Richardson (MIA) 15.2

Richardson moved up to third in the Five Stars ratings with a 14 point, four assist, three steal effort. In 35 minutes starting at shooting guard for the Heat, he made four-of-10 shots overall, draining three-of-five from beyond the arc and three-of-four from the line. He collected a rebound from each end of the floor, and finished with a game-best plus-15 rating.

Fifth Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 14.0

Johnson came off the bench at the one and the two, and scored 19 points in 33 minutes on seven-of-15 shooting. He was three-of-10 from deep and two-of-two from the line, with three assists, three blocks, two defensive boards, and a plus-1 rating.

Honorable Mention

Willie Reed, late of the Heat, currently a Clipper, ranked as the most efficient player in the game based on his per-minute contributions. He went three-for-three from the field and three-of-four from the line, with four rebounds, a steal, and 10 points in only 13 minutes.

Five Stars Standings

Goran Dragic 28
Hassan Whiteside 21
Wayne Ellington 12
Josh Richardson 12
Tyler Johnson 9
James Johnson 9
Kelly Olynyk 6
Dion Waiters 5

The Heat don’t get a break, with a quick turnaround and a road date with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors tonight. Check back here for everything Heat.