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Nightly Grades: Carmelo Anthony rocks MSG, Nets hang on

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.


With Kevin Durant sitting, Carmelo Anthony took the opportunity to remind the world that he's a pretty good scorer, too. 62 points on 23-35 shooting. That's pretty good. Oh, and the Knicks won.


Not only are the Nets winning some games, but they're beating some pretty decent teams. Tonight, it was the Mavericks in a one-point win, led by Mirza Teletovic's career-high 34.


The Grizzlies keep winning just enough games so that you can't completely write them off. They executed beautifully down the stretch to find an 88-87 win over the Rockets and claw one game over .500.


No Kevin Durant. No Russell Westbrook. No problem, because they were playing the Celtics. Serge Ibaka gave OKC 21 and Jeremy Lamb chipped in 19 as the Thunder handled the hapless Celtics without much resistence, winning their sixth straight.


Back to .500. Again. They'll have their fifth opportunity of the season to finally get over the hump after a very nice 101-95 win in Phoenix.


They finally won a close game! The Wolves beat the Warriors 121-120 on a Kevin Martin winner and improved to 3-12 in two possession games.


A 26-point win on the road against a solid team? That's just so Spurs.


Blake Griffin led the Clippers in all three major offensive categories with a 26-13-7 game as they strolled past the Bulls 112-95, picking up their 30th win in the process.


They beat the 76ers to which so what, but any time the Raptors win, it feels like they're doing something important. DeMar DeRozan had another big night with 34, and Kyle Lowry added a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.


A great effort from the Kings against the Pacers as Marcus Thornton went for 42 and Isaiah Thomas fired off 38. No other King scored more than seven though and the Pacers eventually got things done in overtime. Kudos for trying though, Kings.


A one-point loss at home is rough, but Stephen Curry was spectacular with 33 points and 15 assists. They really need to stop losing these kinds of games, though.


They got blown out by the Knicks, but really, what else were they supposed to do? Melo just had one of those special nights. And let's give them some credit for playing no defense and making no significant adjustment so that we could all enjoy that.


No way around it: The Mavs should've won this game against the Nets. They made a nice fourth-quarter push, but the Mavs are now 25-20, and slipping dangerously close to falling out of the West's top eight seeds.


Chandler Parsons hit 10-10 from 3 in the second half. And they still lost 87-86 to the Grizzlies. What's up with the Rockets and doing crazy things while still losing? Last week it was scoring 73 in the first half then only 19 in the second. Now Parsons hits 10 3s and they only manage 87? What gives?


Pau Gasol said it best after the Lakers' 114-105 loss to the Magic: "When you lose against the worst teams in the league you got to ask yourself why and kind of, what does that make you?"

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