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Nightly Grades: The Wizards and Raptors should both get wins

By Zach Harper | 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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C+The Indiana Pacers got the win behind a big effort from Roy Hibbert, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Lance Stephenson and Paul George both chipped in 18 points as well. But they get such a low mark in a victory because they were at home and couldn't put away the worst team in the NBA (no offense, Sixers). They allowed 50 percent from downtown, which just doesn't happen. They turned the ball over 19 times, which unfortunately happens a lot.
B-Have to give the Milwaukee Bucks credit for their gritty loss. They became just the eighth team in the NBA to hit double-digit 3-pointers against the Pacers this season. Brandon Knight dropped 23 points and Khris Middleton had 22 points. They rebounded from a 15-30 first quarter to win the second quarter 35-20. They only attempted 11 free throws but also barely turned the ball over (12 times).
AThe Washington Wizards survived a triple-overtime game on the road against a playoff opponent and it was a ton of fun. John Wall was a phenomenal leader in the victory, securing the game in the final overtime period with multiple steals. Marcin Gortat had 31 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out. And the Wizards only had 16 turnovers in a 63-minute game.
A-I don't want to rip the Toronto Raptors for this loss because it was just too good of a battle both ways. They get a high mark as well because of the fight in this game. DeMar DeRozan had 34 points, Kyle Lowry was a rebound shy of a triple-double and played a good chunk of the overtime periods with a sprained ankle, and Greivis Vasquez had 26 points off the bench.
AThe Miami Heat were led by the masked avenger, LeBron James, to a dominating win over the New York Knicks. LeBron James had 31 points, the team shot 60.8 percent from the field, and they had 66 points in the paint compared to the Knicks' 82 total points.
D-Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler gave a great effort and the rest of the team was hot garbage. It can be dangerous to take much out of single game plus/minus numbers but Amar'e Stoudemire was a -30 in 19 minutes and Tim Hardaway Jr was a -35 in 34 minutes. That's fun.
AI'd guess that holding this abysmal Nuggets roster to eight points in the first quarter set the tone for the Brooklyn Nets' win.
DIt's hard to completely kill the Denver Nuggets because they're playing without the majority of their top players. Ty Lawson, JaVale McGee, Danilo Gallinari, Nate Robinson, and Darrell Arthur all missed this game. The Nuggets simply didn't have enough in order to compete, even with the Nets playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
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