Nightly Grades: Wizards crush the Heat, Celtics snap skid

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.


They completely roasted the Heat. After a quarter, the score was 43-18 and despite a little second half push from Miami, the Wizards took the punch and responded, finishing the champs off with ease. Back to within a game of .500 for the Wizards...


4-1 now since losing Chris Paul and this is by far their best win. The other three came against low class fodder, but this was beating a good team. J.J. Redick put up a career 33 that included seven 3s, and Darren Collison dished out 10 assists. The Clippers finished on a 23-4 run to steal back an unlikely win from Dallas.


The Nugget enigma continues. A team that's been up and down all season came up big on the road against the Warriors, closing out strong for a 123-116 win. Nate Robinson had a very Nate Robinson fourth quarter, scoring 12 straight points and 24 total, while J.J. Hickson put up 12 with 24 boards. Excellent win for Denver.


The Bulls get the picture, but this grade is for both teams. Any time you go to three overtimes, both teams deserve a nod for it. The Bulls eventually hung on, and Jimmy Butler played 60 minutes. Sixty!


The Celtics snapped their nine-game skid, and Jared Sullinger put together a massive 25-point, 20-rebound performance in an 88-83 win over the Raptors.


Thaddeus Young hit a walk off winner to top the Bobcats, 95-92. Good job?


The Grizzlies are now back to .500 after picking up a fourth straight win, 82-77 over the Bucks. They have Marc Gasol back, they should be getting Tony Allen soon and Courtney Lee looks like a great fit. Here comes the Grit and Grind.


You've got hand it to the Jazz. Since they started 1-14, they've played near .500 ball and even down 15 in the fourth to the Spurs, they battled back and had a chance to force overtime late. With Trey Burke, this team competes and battles. the future looks a lot better in Utah than it has in a while.


They Timberwolves rallied from a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to lose by three. Because that's the only way the Wolves know how to lose. In excruciatingly close fashion.


This is precisely the kind of loss that keeps many hesitant to crown the Warriors a true Western contender. They can just be too inconsistent, and too erratic in games they should win.


Losing to the Celtics? Come on now, Raptors.


LeBron James promised that he and the Heat would be better tonight. And then they got blasted by the Wizards. It's pretty obvious the Heat are trying to coast their way into the postseason, even if the team doesn't want to admit it.

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