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The Pacers throw a wrench in Miami’s plan to get into the Eastern Conference “Top Eight,” at least for one more game.

NBA: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-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 102-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.

First Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 23.9

Whiteside posted a game-best 25.04 estimated PER with a team-leading 26 points and a game-high 21 rebounds (10 offensive). He made 11-of-21 shots overall and four-of-five from the foul line, with a block and a plus-2 rating in 33:47 on the court. In his 40th Five Star appearance, he finished with the top star for the 15th time this season, earning a double-double for the 45th time, now just eight short of the Heat record.

We would have loved to come in here and steal this one, but sometimes things don’t go your way. - Whiteside

Second Star

Paul George (IND) 21.7

George, in his seventh season out of Fresno State, played 37:15 overall and drained nine-of-19 shots, including one-of-four from outside. He made all nine of his foul shots and pulled down 10 defensive rebounds, with an assist, a steal, and a block. He earned a plus-4 rating with his game-high 28 points, finishing with a team-high 20.20 estimated PER.

We needed this win. - George

Third Star

Wayne Ellington (MIA) 16.4

The Man With the Golden Arm continued his high level of play with a season-third-best 19 points. He made five-of-11 shots from long distance and two-of-two from closer in, along with two helpers and a rebound. In 27:25 on the court, he earned a plus-10 rating and a 18.91 estimated PER in his ninth Five Stars appearance.

Fourth Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 14.0

Waiters posted a 14.59 PER for the Heat in 36:01 in total for his 20th appearance in the Five Stars. He made eight-of-18 shots overall from the floor and three-of-seven from three-point land. He missed two-of-three from the line, and added eight defensive boards, a game-high six helpers, and a minus-3 rating.

Fifth Star

Thaddeus Young (IND) 11.7

Young, now in his 10th season out of Georgia Tech, played a game-high 38:19 against the Heat on Sunday night. Despite finishing in the Five Stars, he posted a 9.11 PER, ranking him 12th in the game. He made five-of-nine shots overall and three-of-six from the stripe, with five rebounds, an assist, and a plus-10 rating to go with his 13 points.

Five Stars Standings

Hassan Whiteside 275
Goran Dragic 243
Tyler Johnson 140
Dion Waiters 129
James Johnson 107
Wayne Ellington 48
Willie Reed 33
Josh Richardson 26
Rodney McGruder 21
Justise Winslow 16
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1

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