On Friday night in the NBA, three "Game Three's" were played. Using the GameScore metric, we can get a feel for the "best of the best." Of the 58 players to have taken the court, these five were the best.

Five Stars

First Star: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs 34.8

Leonard, San Antonio's 6'7" starting small forward in his fifth season out of San Diego State University, helped lead the Spurs to a 96-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The win put San Antonio up three-games-to-none in the four game series. In a game-high 42:23, Leonardsunk 11-of-22 shots from the floor, including a deadly six-for-nine clip from outside and four-of-five from the foul line. He alsofilled the statsheet with seven rebounds, five blocked shots, four steals, twoassists and a plus-3 rating. The fourth game in the series will tipoff at 1PM on Sunday. Find more on the Spurshere.

Second Star: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics 31.4

Thomas, Boston's 5'9", 185 lb fifth-year point guard out of the University of Washington, led Boston to a 111-103 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks. He scored an NBA-high 42 points in 36:39, hitting half of his 24 field goal attempts and five-of-12 from deep. He made 13-of-15 foul shots, adding four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a plus-3 rating to help Boston to their first win of the seven-game series.

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Game Four is set for 6PM on Sunday night.

"I was just in attack mode.I was just trying to do what I could to win the game." -- Thomas

Third Star: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers 20.2

Love, an eight-year veteran power forward out of UCLA, scored 20 points on seven-of-10 shooting in 38:42. Headded a dozen rebounds for one-of-two Cleveland double-doubles in the game. He drained one-of-three from over the rainbow and five-of-six from the stripe, with two assists and a plus-8 rating as the Cavs defeated the Detroit Pistons, 101-91 to go up three-games-to-zero in the seven-game series.

Fourth Star: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons 18.0

KCP, a Georgia Bulldog in his third season with Detroit, started at shooting guard for the Pistons and scored a team-high 18 points on seven-of-14 shooting. In 42:42, he made three-of-eight from long distance and his only foul shot. He also added four steals, three rebounds, an assist and a minus-10 rating as the Pistons dropped a 10-point decision to the Cavs.

Fifth Star: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks 17.1

Horford, Atlanta's 6'10", 245 lb center out of the University of Florida in his ninth season, only scored a total of eight points on a four-of-10 show from the field. He made it onto the short list here by his off-the-ball play, grabbing an NBA-high 13 rebounds with six helpers, four blocked shots, and two steals in 35:39. The Hawks dropped the game with the Celtics by eight points, but still lead the series two-games-to-one.

Second Tier

Six through 10:

Almost but not quite getting onto the list were two more Hawks, and one player each from the Celtics, the Cavs, and the Pistons. Noticeably absent were any player from the Memphis Grizzlies and anybody named LeBron.

Evan Turner, Boston Celtics 16.9

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers 16.8

Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks 15.2

Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons 15.0

Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks 14.9

Tomorrow night, there will be four games on the NBA slate. All times listed are EST:

Toronto Raptors visit Indiana Pacers, 3PM

Miami Heat visit Charlotte Hornets, 5:30PM

Oklahoma City Thunder visit Dallas Mavericks, 8PM

Los Angeles Clippers visit Portland TrailBlazers, 10:30PM

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