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Sunday night NBA grades: Thunder’s Durant, Lamb both get an “A”

Dec 30, 2013, 3:10 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching the Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs again…

source:  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. With Russell Westbrook out a whole lot more scoring load falls on Durant’s shoulders — and he answered against a tired Rockets team. Durant had 31 points on 11-17 shooting, 13 rebounds, and chipped in five assists. Durant is going to be the guy with the ball,

But Durant will need some help, which brings us to…

source:  Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder. He finished with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. You can say the Thunder need more nights like that from Lamb with Westbrook out, but the reality is they most need this kind of performance from him once the playoffs start — they need a reliable third scoring option and Lamb looked like it Sunday a

source:  Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. If you just look at the numbers you see a near triple double — 29 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. What it doesn’t tell you is he had 24 points in the first half and then came out after the break and went 1-for-11 shooting. But the green light never goes off for Curry, so in OT with the Warriors up two, Curry dribbled left and hit the leaner going left for the dagger. It’s what shooters do.

source:  Philadelphia veterans Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner. A lot of players could have known their team was rebuilding and just packed it in early, but credit these veterans for still bringing it — and Sunday night getting the Sixers a win. Young scored 25 and had 9 rebounds; Spencer Hawes poured in 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and had 5 assists; and Evan Turner scored 22 points with 10 of those in the fourth quarter.

  1. money2long - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    kd ruled this game, without westbrook around and took on his former teammate in james harden who was accompanied by his star player in dwight. all proved unsuccessful against durant who showed tonight he is the man. that play was a microcosm of… james you might have left, but let me show you that that gave my wings more room to spread. durant simply murdered the rockets. i wonder what was going on through harden’s mind as that dunk happened. he is extremely competitive but as you can notice, he gently taps his old teammate on the arm in a passive sort of way like he knows his place on the totem pole. durant just did his thing tonight. plain and simple.

  2. basketballhooper1 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    No love for Afflalo once again? Even after your article. Smh. He had 21 pts on 7 of 10 shooting and was 6 of 7 from the line. Along with 7 assists and the team win…

  3. themagicfanguy - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Do you just select names out of a hat? There are plenty of other players who had better nights than Lamb.

    • davidly - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      This’d be a good place to point at least a couple of those players, rather than just suggest it is so without backing it up.

  4. urodaddy07 - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    80% FG percentage is pretty good

  5. davidly - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Playing in Ok City is no cakewalk. I have to wonder what might have been had the finals format been 2-2-1-1-1 in 2012. Probably Heat in six instead of five, but one never knows.

    At any rate, I believe it’ll be a tough finals if the Thunder make it in with home-court–more so than in many other gyms.

  6. xxakshunxx - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    All 3 of those players for Philly are playing hard mostly so they have a chance at ending up on a contending team before the trade deadline, so it’s not like they have nothing to play for

  7. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    “lot of players could have known their team was rebuilding and just packed it in early, but credit these veterans for still bringing it —”

    LOL. one game??? come on man, these players make millions, and I believe all are in their contract year. They deserve credit for the win, but dont act like they deserve some love for trying.

    • therealhtj - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      It didn’t hurt that all three of them are more qualified NBA Rotation players than anyone the Lakers suited up.

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