Nightly Grades: Knicks stay streaking

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.

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It took overtime to save themselves from a near collapse against the Suns, but the Knicks got it done 98-96, winning their fifth straight game. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points, 16 rebounds and four assists, leading the team in all three categories. A good win for them, and a tough one. But yes, you've got to play another one tomorrow in Charlotte, Melo.

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First team to 30 wins this season. The Spurs, man.

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The Wizards keep flirting with .500 enough to make you think that they'll eventually break over it at some point this season. With tonight's win over the Bulls, they get to 17-19 and put themselves on track to have a chance at it this week. The Wizards keep doing just enough to keep everyone thinking they aren't bad. But they need to start proving they aren't merely mediocre either.

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Fun fact: After starting the season 1-14, the Jazz have now won 12 of their last 24. They beat the Nuggets by 15 tonight behind Trey Burke's 34 points and eight assists. They're obviously a lottery team, but now healthy, they're not all that bad. And certainly not the pushover they were to start the season.

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The Raptors handled their business against the Bucks, 116-94. That's the kind of thing they're going to have to do the rest of this season if they're indeed going to continue this push to win the Atlantic Division.

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They beat the sliding Celtics. Good job. Dwight Howard had 32 though, which is a big positive.

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The Suns are doing what they can to survive in Eric Bledsoe's absence. They scrapped against the Knicks, and really, probably should've won the game. An admirable effort, though, especially from Goran Dragic who had 28 in the loss.

DBeating the Spurs, even at home, was a tall order for the Pelicans. But any postseason plans they had are slipping quickly away. Injuries have ruined their season and despite gritty performances, they just don't have the depth to run with teams, especially the elite ones.
FNine straight losses for the Celtics now. They've gone from the playoff conversation to within four losses of being tied for the most in the league.
FThe Nuggets are quickly turning into one of the league's greatest enigmas. To play so well recently and get a couple games back over .500 only to then go on the road and lose by 15 to the Jazz. What's up with this team? No wonder everyone's yelling at everyone.
 
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