Nightly Grades 2.20.14: LeBron James still rules this kingdom

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.

B+ The Denver Nuggets  only played eight guys and dressed just nine due to injuries and trades from today. That didn't stop them from defeating a bad Milwaukee Bucks team. Kenneth Faried  obliterated the Bucks with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting. Denver's hot shooting from the field (51.3 percent) and downtown (44.4 percent) made up for 11 missed free throws.
C- The Bucks did a nice job of turning Denver mistakes into buckets on the other end. They forced 16 turnovers and turned it into 26 points. However, the 3-point shooting was atrocious (19.0 percent). They had six players in double figures but Caron Butler had the high with 17.
A In case you were wondering if LeBron James was going to concede the MVP award to Kevin Durant , he won't. This game was close at times but LeBron and the gang had enough scoring runs to turn it into a late blowout. James, Chris Bosh , and  Dwyane Wade combined for 81 points and they swarmed the Thunder's perimeter. The Miami Heat also forced 20 turnovers.
C+ This is not the effort you want from the Oklahoma City Thunder coming out of the break and getting Russell Westbrook back. They were just sloppy with the ball and made just 2-of-20 from 3-point range. Westbrook had 16 points and Durant finished with 28. They just couldn't hang in the second half.
A- Stephen Curry had 25 points in the game but David Lee carried the Golden State Warriors through most of it with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Without Andrew Bogut , the Warriors held Dwight Howard to 11 points on 13 shots and never had to resort to putting him on the free throw line a bunch. 
B Howard struggled on offense for the Houston Rockets but he managed to grab 21 rebounds in a losing effort. James Harden led the way with 39 points but hyperextended his right elbow at some point. Rockets dominated the offensive glass but couldn't turn it into success behind the 3-point line.
CBS Sports Writer

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