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Five Stars: Broasted Pelican

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Miami finally gets a foot in the playoff picture with a home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans 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 120-112 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.

First Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 28.8

Dragic appears in the Five Stars for the 41st time this season with his 12th First Star overall. He also comes away with a game-high 31.04 estimated PER in 31:33 on the court. Dragic went 11-for-18 overall, draining five-of-nine from outside and six-of-eight from the line, with five rebounds, two assists, a steal, a plus-8 rating, and even a blocked shot.

All we’re doing right now is executing. - Dragic

Second Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 20.6

Whiteside earned an 18.80 approximate PER in 35:13 on the floor. He notched his 46th double-double for the season, now just seven behind the Heat record currently held by inaugural center Rony Seikaly. Whiteside scored 20 points with 17 rebounds, two blocks, a steal, and a plus-11 rating. He made a super-efficient nine-of-11 shots from the field and sunk both of his foul shots. Like Dragic, Whiteside is also appearing in the Five Stars for a team-lead-tying 41st time with his 11th Second Star (to 15 First Stars).

Third Star

Anthony Davis (NOP) 20.3

Davis, New Orleans’ perennial all-star in his fifth season out of the University of Kentucky, was New Orleans’ only representative in the Five Stars. He played 34:41, making seven-of-17 shots overall, missing his only three-point shot attempt, and making 13 free throws in 18 trips to the line. Along with his team-high 27 points, he also notched eight rebounds, three steals, three blocks, an assist, and a minus-9 rating to finish with a 22.94 estimated PER. (DeMarcus Cousins qualified himself with the never before even mentioned “15th Star,” with an adjusted 6.3 GameScore and an 11.08 PER).

There are no moral victories. - Davis

Fourth Star

Wayne Ellington (MIA) 15.9

Ellington, in the Five Stars for the 10th time this year, finished wtih the second-highest PER rating in the game, earning a 26.89 mark in just 21:49 on the court. Like the Brothers Johnson in every one of their appearances this season, Ellington came off the bench (Wayne did start 13 games for the Heat so far this year, but lately has been part of Miami’s take-no-prisoners bench brigade). He scored 19 points on seven-of-10 shooting, making five-of-eight shots from three-point land and adding two rebounds, a steal, an assist, and a minus-2 rating.

Fifth Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 14.5

Johnson, ranked third on the Heat with 25 Five Stars games, scored 10 points in 28:22 for Miami. He made three-of-six shots from inside the arc and one-of-three from deeper, making his only free throw attempt of the night. He earned a 17.13 estimated PER, along with a game- and career-high nine assists, three rebounds, three steals, and a plus-5 rating.

Five Stars Standings

Hassan Whiteside 283
Goran Dragic 253
Tyler Johnson 142
Dion Waiters 129
James Johnson 107
Wayne Ellington 52
Willie Reed 33
Josh Richardson 26
Rodney McGruder 21
Justise Winslow 16
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1