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Five Stars: Heat Dominate Knicks

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Miami places the top five players in the Heat’s 17-point win against the New York Knicks.

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Last night, the Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks by a 105-88 final count. Miami put the top five players in the Five Stars countdown with a balanced starters/bench players rotation.

First Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 22.1

The Dragon earns the First Star for the 14th time in his 45th overall appearance in the short countdown. He earned a 20.4 estimated PER in 34:26 on the court, making six-of-17 shots from the floor and one-of-four from deep, along with all seven of his free throws. He dished out nine assists and pulled down seven rebounds with two steals, earning a plus-13 rating with his 20 points.

We try to win every game that we can. - Dragic

Second Star

James Johnson (MIA) 19.2

Johnson (stretch) makes the Five Stars for the 26th time this year, coming off the bench for 27:23. He scored 18 points on six-of-11 shooting, making both of his three-pointers and four-of-six free throws, with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots with a plus-11 rating and a team-best 22.4 estimated PER.

Third Star

Josh Richardson (MIA) 18.1

J Rich earns his sixth star of the season and earned a 15.6 estimated PER in a team-high 34:50. He made seven-of-12 shots overall and three-of-seven from outside, with five steals, a block, a rebound, and an assist. He also posted a plus-15 rating with his 17 points.

Fourth Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 13.9

The Great Wall of Whiteside appears in the Five Stars for a team-high 48th time this year, scoring 11 points with nine rebounds. He made five-of-11 shots along with his only foul shot, with four blocks, an assist, and a team-high plus-23 rating. He racked up an 11.8 PER in 28:21.

Fifth Star

Tyler Johnson (MIA) 12.4

Johnson (toothy) makes the countdown for the 29th time this year, earning a 10.9 PER in 30:30 off the bench. He scored a dozen points on five-of-12 shooting, including two-of-four from beyond the arc. He missed his only foul shot, and collected seven rebounds, a plus-16 rating, and one assist.

Nightly Notable

Through the first half of this season, and Miami’s 11-30 start, they never posted a three-game winning streak, putting two wins in a row together three times. Through the second half of the season, going 26-8 overall so far, they’ve never dropped three contests in a row, losing two in a row only twice.

Wednesday’s Worst

Ron Baker (NYK) -4.0

Baker started at guard for the Knicks and made two-of-12 shots overall, missing all five of his three pointers and scoring just six points in a game-high 40:17. He also had a minus-11 rating with five rebounds, three assists, three turnovers, and three fouls.

Five Stars Standings

Hassan Whiteside 320
Goran Dragic 277
Tyler Johnson 157
James Johnson 130
Dion Waiters 129
Wayne Ellington 56
Willie Reed 33
Josh Richardson 32
Rodney McGruder 22
Justise Winslow 16
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1