NBA Nightly Grades 11.7.12: Miami rolls over the Nets, Harden struggles again

Easy work for the Heat tonight. (Getty Images)

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.

Miami Heat The Nets didn't show up, but the Heat deserve the bulk of the credit for that. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were completely dynamic, combining for 42 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists. Their defense was suffocating, they shot the ball beautifully and didn't really give Brooklyn a chance. Miami outscored the Nets 53-32 in the second half and really just humiliated a team that has ideas of competing with them.
Kenneth Faried
Manimal was destroying things Wednesday. There was the three-quarter court oop from Andre Miller , there was the block on James Harden late, there was the capper dunk where he soared from nearly the free throw line. Faried finished with 16 points and 16 boards completely dismantling the Rockets.
Shannon Brown The Charlotte Hornets don't appear to be the cupcake they were a year ago and the Suns had to battle them to get their second win. And it really came on the back of Shannon Brown, who hit six 3s in the fourth quarter to power Phoenix Suns past the scrappy Cats.
Boston Celtics The Celtics got back to .500 at 2-2, but had to really struggle at home to get an overtime win over the Wizards. In fact, Boston's only two wins these season have come via the Wizards. The Celtics allowed a 30-point fourth quarter for Washington Wizards and nearly blew a really horrible game in their own building. But they prevailed, getting double-doubles from Rajon Rondo (18 points, 14 assists) and Kevin Garnett (20 points, 13 rebounds).
James Harden
After a torrid start to the season where he scored 82 points in his first two games in Houston Rockets and had the NBA world talking, Harden has played poorly as the Rockets have lost two straight. In Wednesday's loss to Denver Nuggets , Harden scored just 15 points on 5-15 shooting and turned it over six times. In his last two games, Harden has gone a combined 13-39 (33 percent) from floor and clearly struggled trying to carry the entire burden of an offense on his beard.
Los Angeles Lakers
With only about five percent of the season played, it's too early to panic. That said, 1-4 is 1-4. And these are the Lakers. Panic's probably too strong a word. Worry? Worry is appropriate.
Brooklyn Nets
If you're following along at home, that's now consecutive Fs for the Nets. All that talk of them being a legit contending team in the East is just noise right now as the Heat proved that the Nets have a long, long way to go. A 30-point loss in a game where there was a statement to be made isn't only humbling, but completely embarrassing. To sum up Brooklyn's week: They blew a 22-point lead at home to the Wolves, then got smoked by 30 in Miami.
The 76ers-Hornets game in general
What an embarrassment to basketball this game was. On a feature network game, the Sixers finished with 77 points while the Hornets scored only 62. Al-Farouq Aminu was their leading scorer with 10 points. Ten.
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