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Nightly Grades: Lakers top Nets in Mike D'Antoni debut

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
The Lakers and Nets went to the wire Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

Lakers defenseAfter all the talk about how the Mike D'Antoni teams don't play defense, the Lakers held one of the best offenses in the league to a 98.6 offensive efficiency. They absolutely clamped down on the Nets in the fourth quarter, and that was the difference.
New York KnicksAnother night, another dominant victory with Carmelo Anthony leading the way. Crushed the Hornets in the third quarter and kept the perimeter burning with their shooters. Knicks cruising right now.
Deron Williams22 points, 10 assists and no turnovers for the Nets leader who seemed genuinely thrilled to be playing a meaningful game in Staples Center again. Why the B? For one, his shot efficiency (22 points on 18 field goal attempts) and two because the final possessions were Nets disasters and that canot happen in a close game against a playoff-caliber opponent. But a good step forward for Williams and the Nets.
Dwight HowardWas active and finished strong when he wasn't fouled. Had his fair share of "wow" moments. But also got torched by Brook Lopez, and nearly cost the Lakers the victory with his free-throw shooting. Same old Dwight.
Reggie Evans' flopGet ready for a fine, Reg'.
Toronto Raptors' 4th quarterHad an offensively miserable Sixers team come back to crush what should have been a cruising win when they let Nick Young (Swaggy P) do his thing and Jason Richardson hurt them from the corner. A crushing, crushing loss.
 
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