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Nightly Grades 1.1.13: It's a new year

By Zach Harper | NBA writer
Josh Smith bringing it in the new year. (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.

Josh SmithJosh Smith has a tendency to fill up the stat sheet and against the Hornets, he did it to go along with incredible shooting efficiency. Smoove made 11-of-20 from the field for 23 points to go with his 13 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and three steals. He helped the Hawks win their 20th game of the season (just 10 losses) by beating New Orleans 95-88 on the road.
Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony did pretty much everything he could to keep the Knicks in this game against the Blazers. Without much help from everybody not named J.R. Smith, Melo scored 45 of the Knicks' 100 points. He made 14-of-24 from the field, 5-of-11 from the 3-point line, and was 12-of-14 from the free throw line. He had a chance to tie the game with 15 seconds left but missed the 3.
Nicolas BatumNicolas Batum was a big reason Melo couldn't pull out the victory for the Knicks over the Blazers. The Portland swingman had 26 points, thanks to six made 3-pointers and he also dished out six assists. His 13-point third quarter helped prevent the Blazers from blowing a double-digit lead in the second half. He also challenged Melo on the final 3-point attempt.
Eric GordonEric Gordon is still working his way back from his mysterious knee injury, but after an impressive debut this season, EJ really struggled at home against the Hawks. He scored 11 points off the bench but shot just 5-of-17 from the field and 1-of-4 from the free throw line. He also turned the ball over four times. It was a far cry from the first game back when he lived at the free throw line. His shot will come around but it's not there now.
Los Angeles Clippers in 2013The Clippers took a 17-game winning streak into the new year and completely blew it in a blowout loss to the Denver Nuggetsin Denver. They shot a season low 38.5 percent from the field, which was their first game under 40 percent all season. Their previous low was 40.3 percent in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets on November 23, 2012.

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