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Nightly Grades: Spurs roll for regular season revenge

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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AThis was a nice reminder that the San Antonio Spurs are a really good basketball team. Too much has been made of them losing to the elite teams during the regular season, and they quieted that criticism by blowing out the Miami Heat from wire to wire tonight. Tim Duncan was great leading the way and the defensive game plan forced 21 turnovers by the Heat.
D+The Heat were in this game until the fourth quarter when the Spurs finally put them away. When they were in this game, they blew too many transition opportunities by not attacking properly. Dwyane Wade didn't seem to know when to attack and LeBron James couldn't impose his will on the Spurs' defenders. This was just a sloppy game on both ends by Miami.
A-In the game of the night, the Phoenix Suns were able to outlast the Oklahoma City Thunder at home. Gerald Green had 25 of the Suns' 40 third quarter points before finishing the night with 41. The Morris twins combined for 39 points on 20 shots off the bench and had the OKC forwards in their own version of The Parent Trap. Suns dominated the perimeter with 15-of-27 from downtown.
C+The Thunder really could have used someone not named Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook to step up. Serge Ibaka and Caron Butler combined for 32 points but they had just four points total in the fourth quarter. OKC's defense was not up to snuff and they couldn't stop the Suns whenever they needed a big sequence.
A+The Los Angeles Clippers did bad, bad things to the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night. They gave them a 48-point loss, the worst in Lakers' history. It was an impressive display of utter domination and by the end of the game, the Clippers were running Willie Green-Ryan Hollins pick-and-rolls.
F-Thank god for that Kendall Marshall 3-pointer with 15 seconds left because a 51-point loss would have been really embarrassing.
 
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