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Tuesday night NBA grades: Carmelo Anthony loves playing in New Orleans

Feb 20, 2014, 5:29 AM EST

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while worrying about our national clown shortage

source:  Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks. New York picked up a win in New Orleans because of Carmelo Anthony (who seems to play well in that city as he had monster numbers in the All-Star Game, too). He poured in 13 of his 42 points on the night in the fourth quarter, but it was the way he was getting his points that you had to like — he was driving towards the basket then pulling up just before the help defender came over. The result was 5-10 footers rather than contested 20 footers. Plus he was hustling on defense. Just a great all around night.

source:  Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves offense. Minnesota put up 104 on the best defense in the NBA. Part of that was some sloppy imposters showed up in Pacers uniforms, but Minnesota played fantastically. Kevin Love shot lights out (14-of-22) on his way to 42 points. Ricky Rubio played maybe his best NBA game — he attacked the Pacers defense off the pick-and-roll and made them pay, mostly with his 17 assists. There were brilliant Kevin Love outlet passes to Corey Brewer (the king of the leak out), Just everything Minnesota did worked.

source:  Charlotte Bobcats. They went into the All-Star break just half a game ahead of the Pistons and clinging to the eight seed in the East. With Wednesday’s 116-98 win the Bobcats took both ends of a home-and-home with Detroit to give themselves a little cushion in the East. Al Jefferson was a beast with 29 points, outplaying the vaunted Detroit front line for a second straight night. Kemba Walker had 9 of his 24 in the fourth to make sure the door stayed shut on Detroit. For back-to-back nights the Bobcats showed what team discipline can do to an undisciplined team.

source:  Cleveland Cavaliers. Six straight wins — maybe Dan Gilbert will get his playoff wish after all. Kyrie Irving continues to play well, Luol Deng is making plays, Anthony Bennett is contributing off the bench, it is just a team effort. Wednesday they raced out to a 15-2 lead and led by as many as 21, but the impressive part was they held on when Orlando made a third-quarter run and the Cavaliers hung on for the 101-93 win. They are playing good team ball right now.

source:  Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs. No Tony Parker, no Tim Duncan, second night of a back-to-back against top teams in the West (Clippers Tuesday, Trail Blazers Wednesday) and the Spurs just keep on winning thanks to Patty Mills and his 29 points. The Spurs just continue to do this: You think they should fall apart and they keep on winning. Mills has been playing like this most of the month of February, give the guy Player of the Week honors. Are you listening league office?

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  1. supremekingz - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    No Dwight? He was in absolute Beast Mode

    • savvybynature - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:24 AM

      Really? He had 20 points in a game that had almost as little defense as the All-Star game.
      Yawn.

  2. drubyy1993 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Savvybynature so can you do better? No

  3. jbeagles23 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Dwight was a b lastnight

  4. supremekingz - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Dwight didn’t even play the 4th quarter, and a couple of his dunks should have been an And 1. He had a Double double before halftime not to mention the Lakers crowd was booing and chanting the whole game

  5. jimeejohnson - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Carmelo’s on a mission.

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    I can’t get over a team naming themselves The Pelicans.

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