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Nightly Grades 1.18.13: Kevin Durant, just Kevin Durant

By Royce Young | NBA writer

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.

Kevin DurantFifty-two. Or fiddy-two, I should say. What a performance. And the craziest thing about it was, it wasn't really all that great. Durant went for a new career high of 52 points, but he went just 2-for-10 in the fourth and missed seven straight shots at one point. But he knocked down 21 of 21 at the line and stayed aggressive and kept attacking. Then, in overtime, it all came around as he hit a big 3, a big jumper and then the game-winner over Shawn Marion. Here's how good Durant was: It knocked Manti Te'o off the top trending spot on Twitter.
Vince Carter
Who knows what it is, but he seems to always bring it against the Thunder. Vinsanity returned as he went for 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting and had a couple nice throwback-ish dunks.
Chicago Bulls
Down Luol Deng, who left with a hamstring injury, the Bulls pieced together an incredible team performance to come out on top in Boston. Six players finished in double figures, Carlos Boozer was huge (19 points, 20 rebounds) and Marco Belinelli hit a game-winner.
Scott BrooksBrooks made mostly wise lineup choices all night and picked out good matchups to exploit and use against the Mavs. But he erred big time in two situations with the Thunder up three with seconds remaining. Both times ,his team didn't foul despite the Maverick who had the ball standing with his back completely to the basket. The first time, O.J. Mayo made OKC pay by hitting a game-tying 3. The next time, the Thunder survived as Carter missed.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett

The two Celtic stars looked old. They combined to go just 10-for-33 from the field for 29 points as Boston sputtered and faltered in an overtime loss at home to the Bulls.
Sacramento KingsOof, just 69 points. Another forgettable loss in what's becoming an unfortunately unforgettable season.
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