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The Miami Heat placed three of the five stars in today’s post-game “alternate” recap.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Five Stars series focuses on the standout performers in each Miami Heat contest.

In highlighting the standouts, regardless of team affiliation, and tracking the results throughout the season, we can start to notice patterns in the Miami Heat’s performance. I start by using John Hollinger’s GameScore formula, then add a small adjustment for each player’s plus-minus rating. This article is focused on Miami’s 107-105 loss to the Boston Celtics.

First Star

Jimmy Butler - Miami Heat (23.1)

I know that the Heat came in second in today’s game, but we had a lot of guys finish “in the black,” so to speak. Jimmy Butler leads all players with his performance in 33 minutes of gametime. He scored a game-second and team-best 26 points on nine-of-19 shooting, along with an eight-for-nine night from the foul stripe.

Butler attempted and missed all three of his three-point shot attempts. He posted a plus-eight rating, pulling down eight rebounds (two offensive), dishing out three assists, and blocking a game-best three shots.

Second Star

Jayson Tatum - Boston Celtics (18.7)

Jayson Tatum led the winning club with a game-high 27 points, scored on 10-for-21 shooting from the field and two made shots in two attempts from the line. Tatum attempted eight from beyond the arc, and drained five of them.

Tatum had four fouls and a pair of turnovers, but also added five defensive rebounds with four assists and one steal in a game-high 37-and-a-half minutes.

Third Star

Bam Adebayo - Miami Heat (17.1)

Fourth-year man Bam Adebayo led all players with 10 assists in just under 34 minutes of play. He went five-for-10 from the field and five-for-six from the foul line. Bam blocked a pair of shots and posted a minus-9 rating, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, two turnovers and two fouls.

Fourth Star

Jaylen Brown - Boston Celtics (15.6)

As the Celtics starting shooting guard, Jaylen Brown scored 21 points with 12 rebounds in 37 minutes on the floor. He didn’t exactly shoot the lights out either, sinking only eight of his 23 shot attempts and just three-of-nine from deep. He made both of his foul shots and added five assists, two steals, and two blocked shots.

Fifth Star

Duncan Robinson - Miami Heat (14.9)

In 31 minutes, Duncan Robinson made five-of-11 shots from the floor. All 11 attempts were from outside. He also grabbed a half-dozen boards off the glass, with two assists, a game-high plus-12 rating, and one foul shot in one attempt.

Robinson’s effort made history by a wide margin. Specifically, he drained his 300th career three-pointer faster than any other player in history. It only took him 95 games, beating the previous record by 22 games. Incidentally, the record was jointly held by Damian Lillard and Luka Doncic.

Honorable Mention

Robert Williams III - Boston Celtics (21.1 approximate PER in 15 minutes)

Robert Williams played a sliver less than 15 minutes for Boston, but he was nearly perfect for them. He made all three of his field goal attempts and both of his foul shots, with four rebounds, a steal, and a block. Williams finished with a plus-3, with his only flaws one turnover and one personal foul.

Dishonorable Mention

Avery Bradley - Miami Heat (2.3 approximate PER in 24 minutes)

Avery Bradley wasn’t the answer tonight for the Heat. In one half of play, he missed all four of his shots, but did manage four assists, a pair of rebounds, a steal and a block. Bradley also committed two fouls and finished at minus-3.

Five Stars Seasonal Standings

Bam Adebayo - 35
Jimmy Butler - 20
Goran Dragić - 19
Tyler Herro - 8
Kelly Olynyk - 8
Duncan Robinson - 5
Avery Bradley - 3
Precious Achiuwa - 1