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Nightly Grades 12.14.12: Joe Johnson to the rescue

By Zach Harper | NBA writer
Winner, winner. Brooklyn dinner. (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.

Joe JohnsonThe 28-point effort on 12-of-22 shooting was fantastic. He even rounded out his performance with four rebounds, five assists, and just one turnover. But the big shot to put the Detroit Pistons away was what everybody will and should remember from this game. Deron Williams was sloppy tonight and Brook Lopez was limited. Nets badly needed this effort from JJ.
Isaiah ThomasThe Kings-Thunder game was completely uninteresting until Isaiah Thomas decided to shred OKC's defense. He had all 26 of his points (on 10-of-13 shooting) in the 15 minutes of action he had in the second half of this game. He made the Thunder strap in down the stretch and put this Kings' team away for good. At this point, the Kings should run Little Zeke and Jimmer together just to get some excitement out there.
Chandler ParsonsChandler Parsons is all kinds of good. He had 15 points, eight assists, and nine rebounds against the Boston Celtics. And let's not forget that his defense was really good, as it usually is. He stymied Paul Pierce all night, helping the Rockets hold him to 5-of-18 shooting. Chandler is working his way toward Most Improved consideration.
Indiana PacersOh this is what happens when the Indiana Pacers make some shots. Take your pick for which main cog you want to fawn over. Roy Hibbert had a nice offensive game with 19 points (9-of-16 shooting) to go with 13 boards. George Hill had a 15-10-10 triple-double. And Paul George went off for 26 points by making 9-of-17 from the field and 5-of-7 from downtown.
Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavs managed to turn the ball over 27 times, giving up 23 points off of those turnovers in a home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It didn't matter that the Bucks shot under 40 percent from the field and made only one-third of their 3-pointers. The Cavs turned the ball over one every four possessions.
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