Nightly Grades: A different kind of madness in Denver

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.

LaMarcus Aldridge and J.J. HicksonWhat a nice road win for the Blazers in Chicago. And it came behind Aldridge's 28 points and Hickson's 21 rebounds. Damian Lillard wasn't so bad himself either with 24 points and seven assists.
Denver NuggetsWe all know that sometimes, winning streaks are as much about luck as anything else. And they would've had somewhat of an excuse to go down to Philly tonight. They didn't have Ty Lawson or Wilson Chandler, but they were playing at home against a poor road trip and despite being shorthanded, still had a mjor talent edge. It took a few acts of God for the Nuggets to extend their streak to 14, but they got it done.
Spencer Hawes and Jrue HolidayTwo spectacular performances that were marred by a losing result. Hawes had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists while playing brilliantly in the fourth quarter to help the Sixers build a lead. Holiday had 18 points and 15 assists.
Philadelphia 76ersOh. Oh my. An excellent performance undone by some very unforunate plays in the final minute. It started with two missed free throws from Evan Turner which opened the door for an incredibly awful foul by Damien Wilkins -- who was great with 24 on 10-15 -- on a Corey Brewer 3-point attempt. Brewer sunk all three and the Sixers went from being the unlikely team to snap Denver's streak to walking out with a miserable loss.
Chicago BullsI don't know if the Bulls are distracted by all this Derrick Rose stuff or they're just in a freefall, but man, what a bad loss at home. The Blazers are a solid team, but haven't been good on the road at all this season. And if the Bulls want to be taken seriously in the slightest, they've got to handle business better than that.
 
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