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Monday night NBA grades: Joe Johnson owns the third. And the Sixers.

Dec 17, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

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source:  Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets. You are simply never going to see a player have a hotter hand, at least for a quarter of basketball. In the third quarter Monday night Johnson tied an NBA record 8 threes on his way to 29 points in those 12 minutes. He couldn’t seem to miss, it was an incredible display of shooting. Johnson went on to score 37 points and the Nets just routed the struggling 76ers.

How can we explain just how well Johnson played in the third quarter? Well, check out his shot chart.


If that doesn’t do it, check out the video.

source:   Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons. Smith didn’t make the list just because he helped lead the Pistons to an upset of the Pacers on the road — he finished with 30 points (although it took him 29 shots to get there, not exactly efficient). No, Smith makes the list for the back-to-back 30 point games — he had 31 points the night before in an overtime loss to the Trail Blazers. That’s an impressive couple nights. (Also a couple good games for the Pistons.)

source:  Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards. Here’s all you need to know about how he played Monday night — on his first night back from a leg injury, down one with time for one final shot, John Wall handed the ball off to Beal then cleared out so he could have an isolation. He made his drive, Andrea Bargnani didn’t slide over to help (does he ever?) and Beal hit the game winner. He finished the game with 21 points. Think they missed him in Washington?

source:  Mike Woodson, coach of New York Knicks. What. Was. That? It’s not all on Woodson, but the final 20 seconds of the game was just flat out dreadful for the Knicks. First off, they had a foul to give but never used it so Bradley Beal gets his good look at a game winner driving the lane. Still. the Knicks can win it down just one — but Woodson decides not to call a time out and just let it play out. He chose… poorly. Watch what the Knicks do below. First they argue for a second. Then they throw it to Carmelo Anthony and there is no play and help, just a mess that leads to a terrible shot. Woodson’s seat was hot enough before that ending.

source:   LeBron James, Miami Heat. It was an almost effortless 30 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Yes, that was against the Jazz but Utah played a strong first half and was making Miami work for it. The thing to watch here is that LeBron tweaked his ankle in this one — watch and see if he will be ready to go on Wednesday when the Heat host the Pacers.

  1. antistratfordian - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Why would LeBron get an A- for 30-9-9 on 76% shooting in only 34 minutes of action? Who has done that since 1985-86? Nobody.

    Get rid of the minus.

    • shanelsweet - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      Do players that lose get an “A”? I’d think winning should be a prerequisite. Woodson deserves his “F”, but so does the player that threw the doggone ball in bounds rather than call a time out. And, Beno too for letting Beal dribble right around him to the rim. I can’t remember the last time I saw a player get so abused when there wasn’t even a pick or crossover involved.

      • jt1138 - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        The Heat didn’t lose?

    • miamatt - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      They have to allow for the possibility that LBJ posts those same numbers on a night that he hits the game winner, catches a baby that fell from the upper deck, and did his taxes all at the same time.

  2. the1whothinks - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    I took my sons to thier first NBA game last night – Brooklyn vs Philly, Joe Johnson had my 7 year old yelling “FREE MONEY”- We could not have witnessed a better performance 29 points in one quarter by Joe Johnson . Last Night He had the eye of the tiger and we heard him ROOOAARRR!!!!!

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    2 games back with 58 to play

    • miamatt - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Funny how the Heat’s “slow” start puts them just 2 games back behind Indy’s “statement” start. It’ll likely be 1 game back come Wednesday night, 9:30 EST.

      To be fair, Indy has already gone through a West coast swing, although with the Heat having won 17 straight regular season games against the West -2nd longest such streak by an Eastern conference team all-time, BTW- I doubt it makes much difference.

  4. timb12 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    There has to be a LeBron curve.

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