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Nightly Grades 3.18.13: A wild finish in Chicago

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.

LeBron JamesHow's this: 37 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. And a game-winning jumper with 10.5 seconds left to extend a winning streak to 23, while doing it in a place your franchise hasn't won at in the regular season since 2007. That's a pretty good night.
Jeff GreenA career-high 43 points on 14-21 shooting with seven rebounds and four blocks. He went toe-to-toe with LeBron, defending him wonderfully down the stretch. Outside of a difficult dagger jumper with 10.5 seconds left, Green's defense on LeBron was about as good as it gets.
Boston CelticsThe effort was admirable. No Kevin Garnett and yet the Celtics took the Heat to the brink. In fact, the Celtics really kind of blew it. They had the Heat down 13 with eight minutes left, then seven with five left. But the Heat, as they do, clawed back and found enough plays down the stretch to win. Still, an incredible performance from Boston considering its circumstances.
The finish in ChicagoA fantastic, incredible overtime game that was marred by a controversial finish. Here's what happened: Marco Belinelli lobbed a desperation shot with 1.7 seconds left that was wide, but Joakim Noah tipped it in. The officials reviewed the play and ruled the ball was above the cylinder, thus wiping it out as a goaltend, and a win for Chicago. Eeeeeek.
Nate RobinsonDoing his best Derrick Rose impression, Robinson scored 34 points on 13-22 shooting to go with seven assists. But he had seven turnovers, and his team lost. Sort of.
Paul PiercePierce went for the win at home with seven seconds left, firing a contested 3 from the corner that clanged wide. It wasn't a bad overall game from Pierce (17 points on 6-11, seven turnovers) but certainly a questionable decision there.
Los Angeles Lakers They didn't have Kobe, but getting smoked 99-76 by the Suns, including a 28-10 fourth-quarter domination? Yikes.
Jason TerryHis Celtics lost, he had a critical late-game turnover, and King James knighted him.
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