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Sunday night NBA grades: Stephen Curry leads Warriors to big win

Jan 27, 2014, 2:15 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering why the Grammy officials thought a classical pianist with Metallica was a good idea….

source:  Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. Turns out he can shoot the ball. Not his best day shooting but he had 23 in the first half and finished the game with 38 points on 23 shots, and that includes the dagger late in the fourth quarter. He’s going to be a lot of fun All-Star weekend.

source:  Boston Celtics’ fans. They welcomed Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett back with genuine warmth and ovations that clearly touched both Garnett and Pierce. Well done Boston.

source:  Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks. You didn’t expect 62 again, did you? His encore included 35 points — 20 in the first half, then with the game close late he had a nice pull-up jumper, then next time down the court used a little crossover to get a layup, and that was it. The Knicks had a lead they would not surrender. Anthony had more help in this game but he helped by keeping the ball moving.

source:   Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis looked like a guy who wants to be playing in the All-Star Game in New Orleans — he’s a guy who will be in consideration and made his case with 22 points, a career-high 19 rebounds, plus seven blocked shots against the Magic on Sunday night. He sparked the Pelicans to a needed win with that play in the paint.

source:   Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns. Phoenix was down 18 at the half and stormed back to get the win — he had 27 points and 15 rebounds on the night. He was aggressive on offense, as evidenced by his 12 free throws, plus on the defensive end he did a good job in the second half cutting off Kyrie Irving’s drives. The Suns don’t have this win without him.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    35 points on 31 shots isn’t exactly good offense. Now, the rest of the knicks are pretty sorry, so he’s probably their best option, but even if mediocrity is their best option, it’s still mediocre. C+ or B-

  2. slystone111 - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Not a word about how poorly LeBron James played? #overrated

    • adamsjohn714 - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      18, 8, and 7 in limited minutes on 8-15 shooting isn’t exactly poor play. Scoring was mediocre, assists and rebounds were above his average. Turnovers were careless. I’d give him a B

    • bils293 - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      18-7-6 on better than 50% shooting? Wouldn’t necessarily qualify that as playing poorly. Below average numbers for him but still a good game by anyone else’s standards, and got the W

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:11 AM

        And those numbers for LeBron were through 3 quarters of play. They had a 29-point lead at one point in the 4th quarter. #uninformed

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Slystone: stop trolling.

      Putting down LBJ is not smart. Who’s your favorite player? Rubio?

  3. jbeagles23 - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Lebron had a subpar game but not a poor game by any means but its comments like you just made that shows how amazing he really is.

  4. gbpxlvi - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Those were some dirty throw downs. Especially the second one.

  5. progress2011 - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Wish I could watch a Golden State Warriors game….Featuring Thompson and Curry EVERY NIGHT!

    I don’t care who your team is…..if you want to be entertained and love to see guys that are fundamentally sound, shot the rock with amazing efficiency…..AND they are humble…

    You want to see these two guys play!

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