Nightly Grades: Warriors, Clippers, Rockets all keep pace

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.

A+ The San Antonio Spurs didn't come out ready to play in this game. After just the first quarter, they were down 23-13 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. However, they managed to score 109 points in the final three quarters of the game and erased any memory of a slow start. Thirty-nine of their 43 baskets were assisted and they dropped in 14 made 3-pointers. Nearly flawless execution despite taking a quarter off.
D- Kyrie Irving (24 points, six assists), Spencer Hawes (20 points, 13 rebounds), and Dion Waiters (24 points off the bench) all had good individual games but once against this Cavaliers squad failed to play as a team. Not a good look for a team with a "defensive coach."
A- The Golden State Warriors have gone into the home of the two best Eastern Conference teams this season and come out with victories. They won in Miami earlier this season and thanks to a Klay Thompson winner, got the victory in Indiana tonight. The Warriors survived the suffocating defense of Paul George on Stephen Curry with Thompson going for 25 points.
B The Indiana Pacers played pretty well at home against a tough West coast team, but they just didn't get enough out of Roy Hibbert, George Hill, or their bench. Hibbert grabbed just three rebounds, Hill shot 3-of-9 from the field, and the bench scored 11 points total. The Pacers turned the ball over just eight times, but they also went 3-of-16 from downtown (PG was 3-of-8). 
A- Even though the Houston Rockets nearly coughed this game up to the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter, they still had a very solid game plan that they executed well. They had balance scoring throughout their starting lineup and attacked the basket well. James Harden's 21 points and 11 assists led the team.
B- LeBron James came back down to earth with 22 points and Chris Bosh was almost completely nonexistent in this second night of a back-to-back. The Miami Heat were given the option to give Michael Beasley open shots all night, and while he gave them 24 points off the bench, it took shots away from their usual offensive attack. 
A+ After 20 minutes of action, Russell Westbrook already had a triple-double and Kevin Durant gave the Oklahoma City Thunder 42 points in 33 minutes of action. He also missed six free throws so it could have been a lot better. This game was never in doubt and the Thunder took care of business. 
F That's now 15 straight losses for the Philadelphia 76ers. Six of those 15 straight losses have been by 20 points or more. But hey, at least Thaddeus Young wasted more minutes of his career. 
A- Big third quarter surges from both Matt Barnes and Blake Griffin gave the Los Angeles Clippers enough of a cushion to withstand the Phoenix Suns. Barnes led the way with 28 points and DeAndre Jordan had 17 rebounds. Danny Granger made his Clippers' debut with one rebound and one turnover in four minutes of action.
B- Goran Dragic and Gerald Green struggled to shoot the ball (combined 11 of 33 from the field), and the Suns lost the third quarter 37-18, erasing an 11-point halftime lead. P.J. Tucker had the best game of the night for the Suns with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Suns turned the ball over too much and couldn't make free throws.
B The New Orleans Pelicans survived a road game at Staples Center as they outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that saw 257 combined points. Anthony Davis (28 points, 15 rebounds), Tyreke Evans (24 points, 11 assists), and Eric Gordon (28 points) combined for 80 points. The team shot 59.7 percent from the field and made 33-of-40 freebies.
B- The Lakers put up a great fight in a game that turned out to be far more entertaining than it should have been. Pau Gasol led the way with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. The Lakers scored 60 points in the paint, which sadly doesn't seem so odd against a Pelicans defense that leaves Anthony Davis defending the perimeter.
CBS Sports Writer

Zach Harper likes basketball. Some would even say he loves it. He's also an enthusiast for everything Ricky Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Nic Cage, and has seen the movie Gigli almost three times. He's been... Full Bio

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