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Miami’s win gets them within a half game of the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 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 play for. I used the GameScore metric, with a slight adjustment for plus/minus to rank the players. This article is for Miami’s seven-point win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

First Star

Goran Dragic (MIA) 27.1

The Dragon scored 22 points in 34:06 for the Heat. Starting at point guard, he drained one-of-three from outside, five-of-10 from inside, and nine-of-nine from the stripe. He added 10 assists, three rebounds on each side of the court, and a steal, posting a game-high tying plus-20 rating. Now leading the team with 39 Five Stars appearances, he put up a roughly computed 24.4 PER with his 11th First Star appearance this year.

Everybody contributed. Everybody played well. And Dion did his thing again. - Dragic

Second Star

Kemba Walker (CHA) 22.0

Walker, Charlotte’s sixth year starting point guard out of the University of Connecticut, is averaging 23.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.5 assists this season. Tonight, he earned the Second Star with 33 points in 37:38, making 11-of-24 overall and five-of-11 from long distance. He made all six of his foul shots (in fact, the Hornets drained 20-of-21 overall), adding four rebounds, a single assist, a block, and a steal, finishing with a plus-8 rating and a 19.5 estimated PER.

We made a lot of mistakes defensively and those guys capitalized off our mistakes. - Walker

Third Star

Dion Waiters (MIA) 17.4

Waiters, making his 18th Five Stars appearance, played 26:58 as Miami’s starter at shooting guard. He finished the night at minus-4, but scored 24 points on eight-of-16 shooting, including a stellar five-for-10 night from over the rainbow. He added five helpers, three rebounds, and a steal for a 24.3 estimated PER.

It came down to who wanted it more. - Waiters

Fourth Star

Nicolas Batum (CHA) 15.3

Batum, Charlotte’s ninth year starter at shooting guard out of Lisieux, France, played 30:37 and scored 16 points with seven rebounds, four steals, and two assists. He posted a plus-7 rating and a 16.3 PER, making all six of his foul shots, missing all three of his three pointers, and otherwise making five-of-11 from the field.

Fifth Star

Marvin Williams (CHA) 15.0

Williams, the second overall pick in the 2005 draft (by the Atlanta Hawks), started at forward for the Hornets and earned a 14.5 estimated PER. In 36:38, he scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, along with three helpers, three blocks, and a plus-1 rating. He made five-of-eight from the field, one-of-three from deep, and three-of-four from the foul line.

Five Stars Standings

Hassan Whiteside 256
Goran Dragic 235
Tyler Johnson 138
Dion Waiters 120
James Johnson 107
Wayne Ellington 43
Willie Reed 33
Josh Richardson 26
Rodney McGruder 21
Justise Winslow 16
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1