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Tuesday NBA grades: Damian Lillard has big night against Lakers “defense”

Apr 2, 2014, 2:01 AM EDT

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source:  Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers. The Los Angeles Lakers don’t play much defense, which makes it fun for whoever is playing against them. Tonight it was Portland’s turn to score at will — Damian Lillard had 34 points and 8 assists on the night, including 11 in the fourth quarter to keep the Lakers at bay and get Portland a much needed win. We could have chosen LaMarcus Aldridge for this spot, he had 31 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. However, Lillard got the nod mostly an excuse to run this video.

source:  Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers. Swaggy P tried to shoot the Lakers into this one — he made his first 8 shots on the night and finished with 40 points on 15-of-26 shooting, as part of that he knocked down six threes. It was a vintage hot hand Nick Young night, it just wasn’t enough because of the aforementioned Lakers’ defense.

source:  Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets. He had a relatively quiet 32 points — Johnson was getting his shots inside the flow of the offense and was getting good looks agains the Rockets. He finished the game 13-of-21 shooting including 4-of-8 from three. Johnson was a sniper in this game, which is what the Nets need him to be in the playoffs — with the win the Nets guaranteed themselves a playoff spot.

source:  Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors. Golden State’s starting backcourt combined for 50 points on the night, 17 of those in the fourth quarter and overtime. When the Warriors backcourt is knocking down shots they can hang with anyone, and they were key in one of the more entertaining and playoff-like games of the season. Then with the entire game on the line Curry did this.

  1. rationalfootballfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:20 AM

    Dirk had a hell of a game too

  2. davidly - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:26 AM

    Brooklyn is taking their lineal championship across the bridge to MSG tonight.

  3. timberwolvesbrisin - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    ISO Joe still has it.

  4. lowercasejay - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Its not like the Blazers played much in the way of defense either. But we’ll take the win and Lillard and Aldridge were beasts last night.

  5. oregon59 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Lakers not great D by any means, but Gasol and Kaman are decent centers. Love the look at each other between two 7 footers right after …. what the f….!

  6. ranfan12 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Wow, lakers started to get good defensively for a while and it’s like they gave up after nash left. Steve Nash B+?

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