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Five Stars: Toasted Pacers

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After a close first half, Miami wrecked the Pacers in the second to win by 18 points.

NBA: Indiana Pacers 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 113-95 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 24.4

Whiteside rebounded from his two point effort on Friday night with a game-high-tying 22 points in 36:58. He made six-of-12 from the field and 10-of-13 from the foul line, with 17 rebounds (seven offensive), a block, a steal, a plus-15 rating, and a 20.8 estimated PER. It was his 35th time in the Five Stars, his 37th double double this year, and his 13th First Star for the season.

Second Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 20.6

Dragic earns his 34th trip to the Five Stars with 21 points in 27:55. He shot eight-for-12 from the field and made one-of-three from deep, and four of his five foul shot attempts. He had four assists, two steals, two rebounds, a plus-7 rating, and a game-high 24.7 approximate PER.

We’re going game by game. That’s the most important thing. Tonight’s game is over. - Dragic

Third Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 15.0

Waiters played 31:22 and made eight-of-15 shots overall, his seventh time this season with a field goal percentage above 50%. He made half of his six three-pointers and all three of his foul shots, with three helpers, two steals, two boards, a plus-10 rating and a 14.9 approximate PER to go with his 22 points. It was his 16th trip to the Five Stars this season.

Fourth Star

James Johnson (MIA) 13.9

Johnson came off the bench for 28:52, and scored 15 points on six-of-14 shooting overall. He made two-of-five from over-the-rainbow and one-of-three foul shots, with a game-high eight dimes, seevn rebounds, two blocks, two steals, a plus-11 rating, and a 14.6 approximate PER. For Johnson, it was his 20th Five Stars.

Fifth Star

Glenn Robinson (IND) 11.9

Robinson prevented a Miami Five Stars sweep by scoring 13 points off the bench for the Pacers in 23:50. He made five-of-eight from the field, two-of-two from outside, and one-of-two from the charity stripe. Unlike any of Indiana’s starters, he finished with a positive plus-minus rating, a Pacers high plus-6, with five rebounds, a steal, and a 16.1 approximate PER.

Five Stars Standings

Hassan Whiteside 237
Goran Dragic 206
Tyler Johnson 122
Dion Waiters 106
James Johnson 94