Nightly Grades 11.30.12: Jrue Intentions

Jrue Holiday lead the Sixers once again. (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.

New York Knicks So much terrific offense from New York against lowly Washington. Kept looking for the open man and created good looks while balancing it with terrific defense.
Russell Westbrook Let Westbrook be Westbrook. The point guard everyone says isn't a point guard tallied 23 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, and 7 steals vs. the Jazz in a blow-out win, flirting with a quadruple-double. He also had 8 turnovers, which is the only reason he doesn't get an A, but Westbrook controlled the game completely and the Thunder have had their best November since moving the team to OKC.
Cleveland Cavaliers It took a shot so terrible from Dion Waiters that the Hawks were caught off guard and it landed right in Alonzo Gee's lap but the Cavaliers pulled off a huge upset to the Hawks. Anderson Varejao continues his brilliant play and Byron Scott is managing to make this inexplicable Cavs team stay competitive.
Carmelo Anthony before overtime Cold-blooded Melo and made his way to 35 points on the night on just 25 shots. Played well defensively, at least in spurts. This one wasn't on Melo.
Toronto Raptors They made a good effort to blow it late once again, but the Raptors finally tackled a close game, beating the lowly Suns behind a dominant late defensive stand by... Andrea Bargnani? Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry's aggressiveness paid off and the Raptors have a win they can feel good about.
Washington Wizards Oh, look, the Wizards came back after that brief absence in the game they won.
Portland Trail Blazers Ran out of Boston and starting to look more and more like the team many thought they would be at the start of the year. Terrible effor and execution.
Philadelphia 76ers A surprisingly good game against Charlotte, and the Sixers pulled away late with some quality defense and brilliant play by Jrue Holiday (13 points, 15 assists)and Jason Richardson. The Sixers have the Bynum problem, but the roster itself is playing well. Evan Turner was very good as well.
Charlotte Bobcats Minnesota with a very solid win to get themselves on a winning streak vs. Milwaukee who played them tight for most of the game. It was a late-game run lead by better shooting and some great defense.
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