Nightly Grades: LeBron James goes supernova

By Royce Young | NBA writer

LeBron's Big Night: Watch every bucket | Heat beat Bobcats

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

LeBron. James. Wow.

The four-time MVP finished with 61 on 22-33 shooting, including 8-10 from 3 as he and the Heat eviscerated the Bobcats, 124-109 en route to an eighth straight win.

A

The Bulls were on a back-to-back, but the Nets have had major problems with them the past couple seasons. And not only was the win fairly authoritative, it also pulls Brooklyn to 29-29, with a chance to go back over .500 for the first time this season Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

A

Tough win for the Grizzlies. The Wizards were riding a six-game winning streak and showing flashes of being a legit good basketball team. Memphis needed this one badly to keep pace in the Western playoff race, and the Grizzlies went on the road and got it done, 110-104. Tayshaun Prince led the way with 21, Zach Randolph had 16 and 10 rebounds while Marc Gasol controlled the game brilliant with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

B

Andre Drummond was the latest player to embarrass the Knicks, going for 17 points and 26 rebounds in a 96-85 win for the Pistons.

B-

What could they really do? LeBron was on a mission to show everyone how spectacular he is, and when that happens, there's nothing stopping him except maybe The Avengers.

Al Jefferson even had a terrific game, dropping 36 with 19 rebounds as the Bobcats somehow kind of stayed in the game game despite LeBron's eruption.

B-

The Bucks won! Good job, Bucks! You beat the Jazz by 26, and picked up a 12th win.

B-

Lakers win! Or lose. Depending on your current perspective. Either way, they had more points than the Blazers and came out with an impressive, resilient victory. No shame in competing.

C+

The Timberwolves went back above .500 with a win in Denver... but they shot 64 free throws in the game. That's not their fault, but still, what a gross way to win.

Still: A 132-128 road win behind 33 points and 19 rebounds for Kevin Love, his 50th double-double of the season, is impressive.

D+

The Nuggets battled, but when the other team attempts 39 more free throws than you, it's an uphill battle.

D+

On a second of a back-to-back, with Joakim Noah playing on a sprained ankle, the Bulls just didn't have the necessary energy to play with the Nets tonight.

F

Oof, Trail Blazers. Losing at home to the Lakers is not a good look.

F

You lost to the Bucks. And not just that, but by 26. That's an automatic F.

F

Sigh. Just sigh.

(They lost 96-85 to the Pistons tonight.)

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