Nightly Grades: The Philadelphia Sixers are historically bad

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 Portland Trail Blazers have been badly missing their best player. With LaMarcus Aldridge out the past seven games, the Blazers went 3-4 and lost some ground in the playoff seeding. Aldridge returned Thursday night to lead them to victory with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Damian Lillard had 21 points and six different Blazers scored in double figures.
C The Atlanta Hawks have been trying to do what they can to piece together a big man rotation with all of their injuries, but they were exploited against the Blazers in hoping to stop Aldridge. Elton Brand finished with a double-double but Paul Millsap made just 3-of-15 shots for 10 points. The Hawks made just four 3-pointers.  
A The Houston Rockets got to play the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night, James Harden recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, and this game was over in the first half. 
F They have tied the all-time record with 26 straight losses. 
B Brandon Knight played nearly the entire game for the Milwaukee Bucks with 46 minutes, and he dropped 30 points on the Los Angeles Lakers as they won for the 14th time this season. With the Sixers' loss, the Bucks now hold the worst record in the NBA by just one game. 
D+ For the second time in three games, Jordan Hill scored 28 points for the Lakers. The Lake Show couldn't take care of the ball, even late in the game when they tried to make one final push. They finished the game with 20 turnovers.
A- A night after Chris Paul couldn't hit anything, the Los Angeles Clippers' point guard had 31 points on 18 shots to lead the Clippers to a big victory. Blake Griffin had "only" 18 points but hit crucial late-game buckets to help give his team the advantage. 
C+ Dallas Mavericks appeared to be in enough control for most of the second half to win this game, but Dirk Nowitzki surprisingly couldn't close it out for them down the stretch. He had multiple missed free throws, missed shots, and a big turnover as the Mavs dropped a very sloppy game.
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