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Nightly Grades 3.13.13: Worst homecoming dance ever

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Not a great
Not a great "homecoming" for Melo. (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.

Denver NuggetsWhile nobody wants a player to get injured during a game, I don't think the Nuggets could have asked for a better "welcome home" to offer to Carmelo Anthony than what happened in Denver. Other than a three-point lead early on in the game, Denver pushed their lead to 34 at one point before settling on the 117-94 victory. Denver scored 62 points in the paint, outrebounded the Knicks by 20 and made more free throw than New York attempted.
Roy HibbertRoy Hibbert had a dominant performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves, in a revenge game for an early season victory by the Wolves over the Pacers. Hibbert's 27 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks helped Indiana dominate the paint throughout the game as the Pacers went on to win comfortably by 16.
Miami HeatYes, the Heat struggled on the road against a bad Philadelphia 76ers team. LeBron wasn't that good shooting the ball and struggled a bit in the fourth quarter. But they still found a way to pull out the victory. 20 wins in a row is a historic thing.
Thaddeus YoungThad Young put up a heck of a fight against LeBron and the Heat. His 24 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists neutralized almost everything James was able to do on the floor, but he couldn't put the Sixers over the hump for the upset.
John WallWall stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and four steals, but it was the way he attacked the Bucks and helped slow down Brandon Jennings that was most impressive. He seemed to be a step ahead of Milwaukee every step of the way and he even hit a 3-pointer! It was just his third in 20 attempts this season.
Kobe BryantThe ankle injury and loss definitely didn't help make Kobe's night any better. He had 31 points on 33 shots, but he did catch fire in the third quarter when he made 8-of-16 from the field for 20 of his 31. However, he followed that up with a 2-of-9 effort in the fourth, before missing the game-tying shot. Tough night for the Mamba Vino.
Jamal CrawfordIt pains me to say it but Jamal cost the Clippers this game. He was just 1-of-10 from the field for two points in 33 minutes of action. He was 0-of-4 in the final period and some of those shots were so bad, it looked like he was trying to miss.
Carmelo AnthonyHe comes back to the Pepsi Center, scores nine points on 3-of-12 shooting, plays just 22 minutes because he reaggravated his knee injury, and the Knicks lose by 23. Other than that, it was a great return to Denver.
Chicago BullsThe Chicago Bulls lost by 42 points to the Sacramento Kings and were down by 45 at one point. I wouldn't want to come back either, Derrick.
Utah JazzIf you're a small market team that wants to be recognized like bigger market teams and you get put on national television, you're going to have to do better than 35 percent shooting and losing by 23 points.

 
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