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Nightly Grades: Bosh secures, Pacers stink, and blowouts galore

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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A-The Houston Rockets managed to play their game against a good Charlotte Bobcats' defense, which is impressive on the road. James Harden led the way with 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting and the Rockets hit 12 3-pointers and scored 21 fast break points. Compared to the Bobcats' four 3-pointers and four fast break points, that's just Houston's speed.
CThe Bobcats just couldn't figure out how to take control of this game, despite a solid effort against a better team. They shot just 37.2 percent from the field and the bench contributed only 17 points. Gary Neal was 0-of-8 off the bench for zero points.
B+Without Dwyane Wade, LeBron James had the winning layup on the Miami Heat's final offensive possession, which was followed by Chris Bosh blocking Damian Lillard's game-tying layup attempt. James finished with 32 points and Greg Oden had four points and three rebounds in 15 starts in his first start against his former team.
B-LaMarcus Aldridge was a late scratch for the Portland Trail Blazers and Lillard's inability to lead the way limited a lot of their scoring. They used their advantage at the free throw line to keep it close and almost forced overtime, but their poor shooting from the field and the arc was too much to overcome.
A-The Phoenix Suns drilled half of their 24 3-point attempts against the Atlanta Hawks and ended up turning a big third quarter into their main advantage in a sloppy game. They overcame 19 turnovers thanks to 39 combined points by the duo of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic.
B-The Hawks put up a really good fight in this game and kept things close at the free throw line. Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, and Demarre Carroll all had nice scoring nights. But they just couldn't shoot the ball well enough from outside to keep up with the hectic style of the Suns.
A+The Memphis Grizzlies flat-out destroyed the Minnesota Timberwolves. They rode Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph early, dominated the boards, and clamped down on the Wolves in the second half to cruise to an easy victory.
D-Gorgui Dieng had 11 points and 17 rebounds in his fifth straight start. Other than that? The Wolves missed Nikola Pekovic's scoring and they miss 2003-2004 Kevin Garnett a lot.
A-If you want to play ugly basketball, the Chicago Bulls will be your Huckleberry. They helped cause a horrendous first half of basketball by both teams and never allowed the Indiana Pacers to feel comfortable on offense.
D-Paul George looks terrible, Roy Hibbert was nonexistent in this game, and the bench wasn't able to contribute much of anything. The Pacers aren't in trouble but they could stand to figure out what's preventing them from looking like a team that can challenge the Heat.
ADid the Denver Nuggets hold Kevin Durant under 30 points? Technically, yes. He finished with 27 points in just 31 minutes as the Oklahoma City Thunder breezed through this victory, sans Russell Westbrook. Caron Butler had 23 points off the bench.
DI know Ty Lawson makes a lot of money but I still think we should all pool our money together and give him the best summer vacation trip he's ever imagined.
A+The San Antonio Spurs managed to cover a 21.5-point spread in this game with their 22-point win. This is kind of incredible.
F25-straight losses. Only one other team in NBA history has done this.
B+Remember Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans? He was a fun, driving force who overwhelmed defenses at times. He made an appearance for the New Orleans Pelicans in their win over the Brooklyn Nets. He finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. Somehow, Anthony Davis had a quite 24 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks.
CThe Nets made a late push to rally against the Pelicans and force overtime, but they left Anthony Morrow open multiple times from three in overtime and he made them pay. They were 10-of-40 from 3-point range in this game.
AAndre Drummond was dominant in this game with 19 points on 9-of-10 from the field and 14 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons played like they still want to make the playoffs. They dominated the boards and used a huge second quarter to take control of the game.
FYou can't get destroyed by the Pistons at home, even if you're the Utah Jazz. That's not a good look.
B-The Los Angeles Clippers didn't need maximum effort to dispatch the Milwaukee Bucks. They got a nice game from Blake Griffin and enough shooting from around the floor to secure a victory relatively easily. But that doesn't mean this was a great performance.
C+The Bucks put up a good fight, had a great game from Ramon Sessions, and saw a nice stretch of basketball from the young condors, Giannis Antetonkounmpo and John Henson. Still lost because they're the Bucks.
 
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