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Nightly Grades 3.19.13: Happy birthday, Andre Miller

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

You don't play a day over 45. (USATSI)
You don't play a day over 45. (USATSI)

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.

Andre MillerAndre Miller sure knows how to celebrate a birthday. He turned 37 years old on Tuesday, and all he did was help lead the Denver Nuggets to a 13th straight win, this one coming in Oklahoma City on the second night of a back-to-back after winning in overtime in Chicago the night before. Twenty points, nine assists and seven rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.
Monta EllisMonta Ellis have it all! Monta had a rampage against the Portland Trail Blazers with a box score stuffing effort. He had 21 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three blocks as the Bucks held on for the victory. His eight points in the fourth quarter helped neutralize a late push by Portland.
Kevin DurantKD didn't have a bad game by any means. He finished with 34 points on 10-of-23 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five assists. But he didn't make a 3-pointer in six attempts and had six turnovers. He was fantastic most of the game, but the Thunder needed more against that Nuggets effort.
Damian LillardLillard played the role of distributor against the Bucks with 11 assists, but he couldn't do much else in the game. He had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting and turned the ball over six times. If he has a typical Lillard game, the Blazers probably have a better shot at a win and don't need 38 points in the fourth just to make it close.
Orlando MagicSeventy-three points. They were out rebounded by 21. They shot 31.8 percent from the field. I think those are the nicest things that I can say about them in their loss to the Pacers.

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