Nightly Grades: Pure overtime madness in Cleveland
Craziness in Cleveland, a big win for the Rockets, a bounce-back for San Antonio and disappointment for Dallas.
|A||It took two overtimes, but eventually, the Hawks outlasted the Cavaliers. Jeff Teague had 34 and 14 assists, Al Horford had 25 before exiting with a shoulder injury, Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap each had 20. It was as wild a game as you're going to see this season.|
|A||Coming off the best win of their season in San Antonio a day before, it could've been easy for the Rockets to lose focus and sleepwalk through their game against the Grizzlies. But they were razor sharp in the fourth quarter outscoring Memphis 34-20 as James Harden finished with 27 points on just 2-9 shooting. How? Because he went 22-25 from the foul line.|
|B+||After a home loss to the Rockets on Christmas, it seemed as if the Spurs might need to start answering some questions. But they bounced back in fine fashion against the Mavericks, ripping off a solid 116-107 road win in Dallas. Danny Green had 22 on 7-7 shooting, which included hitting 5-5 from 3.|
|C||Just a soul-crushing defeat to the Hawks tonight. The game was fantastic and really no one deserved to lose, but the Cavs need every win they can get right now. And they had this one on multiple occasions, both as the end of regulation and the end of overtime.|
|D||This game was basically the Mavs season summarized: Good, but far from great. The game was always close against the Spurs, but the Mavs are just lacking a cutting edge to be able to get over the hump towards becoming a true Western contender.|
|D||There continues to be trouble in Memphis. Marc Gasol's absence is the rationalization, but still they aren't defending consistently and they aren't scoring. James Johnson gave them a nice little punch off the bench, but overall the second unit is lacking.|
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