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Nightly Grades: LeBron James dominates the Mavs

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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A

They got waxed at home by the Cavaliers. But who cares. They did this. And it was awesome.

A

LeBron James. The beginning, the middle and the end against the Mavericks. A season-high 42 plus nine rebounds and six assists as the Heat outscored Dallas 33-21 in the fourth to go to 4-1 on this current Western road trip. Oh, and LeBron went 16-23 from the floor. Next up: Durant in OKC.

A-

The Raptors just keep winning the games they should. On the road against a decent Wizards team, they got a big game from Kyle Lowry (24 and 10 assists) as the Raptors improved to 29-24. The more they win, the less likely they're sellers at the deadline.

B+

They almost messed around and gave one away to the Knicks, but with Mike Conley back, the Grizzlies made the necessary plays down the stretch to pick up their 30th win.

B

Al Jefferson with 32 and 12 rebounds as the Bobcats went on the road and picked up a very necessary win against the Pistons. Hanging on to the dream of the postseason with an opportunity to improve the team this week.

B

You beat the 76ers. Good job? Actually very good job. Because these are the kinds of games the Cavs have been losing all season long.

B

A nice win, but not a notable one. They handled the Hawks 108-98, as Paul George put up 26.

C-

The Mavs were in it, but they simply got LeBron'd. Up one heading to the fourth, the Mavs just weren't able to close, or really, weren't able to stop No. 6.

D

The Nuggets continue their spiral. They're almost completely done in the postseason conversation, but the bright side is that Evan Fournier dropped 25. Which is good for the future, or for the trade deadline.

D-

Oh Pistons. You won three games in a row, fired your coach and now you look exactly the same as before. Greg Monroe did have this cool block, though:

F

Remember that one time they got above .500? Now they've lost five of six since to drop three games below. Some of it has been bad luck with tight losses to the Rockets, Spurs, Cavs and Grizzlies. But there's a reason the Wizards have lost those games consistently. It's no coincidence.

F

Oh man. Up in the fourth on the road against Memphis only to watch it slip away. The bright spot, but maybe not the bright spot: Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks in scoring with 23. Which just means he'll probably be traded for some washed up veteran on Thursday.

 
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