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Nightly Grades: Nets take the 'Battle of the Boroughs'

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
Give an A to the Nets' defense, which limits the Knicks' potent offense to just 39 percent from the field. (AP)

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.

Nets defenseThe Knicks have been one of the best offensive teams in the league this season, the Nets the 19th best defense, and yet Brooklyn held New York to a 96.2 offensive efficiency and 39 percent from the field. Their rotations were quick, their hands were active and they forced the Knicks into what they'd gone away from. Isolation. Terrific play by a team trending upwards.
Brook LopezHe wasn't that efficient, 22 points on 20 shots, but it was his consistent attck that really paced Brooklyn. He also rebounded well. Defensively, he was killed, again, especially by Tyson Chandler, but he did enough offensively to offset that.
Deron WilliamsWilliams had a lot of assists, but didn't shoot efficiently. He did play tremendous defense, though, and was a huge part of the miserable night from Raymond Felton.
Carmelo Anthony before overtimeCold-blooded Melo and made his way to 35 points on the night on just 25 shots. Played well defensively, at least in spurts. This one wasn't on Melo.
Carmelo Anthony in overtimeIt wasn't as bad as Raymond Felton's night, but he went isolation quite a bit and it lead to a lot of stagnation. Just wasn't able to get the space to finish the job.
Raymond FeltonHe shot 3 of 19 and that number doesn't reflect how badly he played. He had 5 turnovers, too. But at least he was poor defensively as well. Yeesh. Guess he needed Jason Kidd.
Charlotte BobcatsI want to invent a letter for this performance by what really has been a better Bobcats team. At one point the Thunder went on a 70-plus-to-17 run. It was as bad as it could possibly be for an NBA team for Charlotte Monday night.
Chicago BullsBlew a 27-point lead at home to Milwaukee getting outscored 42-17 in the final 15 minutes of play. They made six field goals during that stretch, and only forced one turnover on Milwaukee. Crazy meltdown on a crazy night.
Jerry StackhouseIf you want to play the "fluke" angle for Brooklyn, Jerry Stackhouse, at age 100 scored 14 points on 4-6 shooting, 4-5 from three.
Charlotte BobcatsI want to invent a letter for this performance by what really has been a better Bobcats team. At one point the Thunder went on a 70-plus-to-17 run. It was as bad as it could possibly be for an NBA team for Charlotte Monday night.
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