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Nightly Grades 3.1.13: A night for the young guys

By Zach Harper | NBA writer
Enes Kanter had himself a 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.

Enes Kanter The Utah Jazz were without Mo Williams, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. Derrick Favors fouled out in just 23 minutes of play. No problem if you have Enes Kanter. The Turkish big man dominated the Charlotte Bobcats with a 23-point, 22-rebound performance. He was 10-of-12 from the field and took advantage of an atrocious shooting night from the Bobs by cleaning up the glass.
Tobias HarrisThe Orlando Magic might have found themselves a player from the J.J. Redick deal. Tobias Harris had 27 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Magic in their close loss to the Houston Rockets. Harris made 11 of 15 shots, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and scored all over the court. He's such a matchup problems for forwards because he's too big for small forwards and too quick for power forwards. That was a great find by the Orlando front office.
Stephen CurryYou know what happens when you drop 54 points at Madison Square Garden? You are unable to sneak up on your next opponent. The Boston Celtics geared their defensive pressure around stopping Stephen Curry. And while he still was able to 25 points, he needed 22 shots to get it. He also couldn't get loose from downtown, shooting 3-of-11 from beyond the arc. Avery Bradley's defense was spectacular.
Josh SmithJosh Smith had the type of game that his fans just cringe at. His 2-of-11 shooting performance was highlighted by making two of four in the restricted area and none of his seven jumpers. He missed all five of his 3-point attempts. He had five turnovers and just five points. This was the pinnacle of bad Josh Smith games that make you hope your team avoids giving him a big contract this summer.
Charlotte BobcatsYou can't lose by 30 to the Utah Jazz if they're missing Mo Williams, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. I mean... you can if you're the Bobcats, but you have to try really hard to get blown out. Young teams are going to go through bad nights, but this one was inexcusable.

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