By Dave McMenamin
SCOREBOARD: Jan. 2, 2006 | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE
PLAY OF THE DAY
Ray Allen gets the acrobatic and-one.
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Marbury had a double-double in the Knicks' triple-OT win vs. Phoenix.
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NBA Photo Exhibit: Jan. 2, 2006

SHOOTING STUDS
Shawn Marion, Suns
140-133 3-OT loss at Knicks
39 pts, 15-26 FG,
5-10 3-pt FG, 3-4 FT

David Lee, Knicks
140-133 3-OT win vs. Suns
23 pts, 10-11 FG

Delonte West, Celtics
120-110 loss at Nuggets
20 pts, 9-11 FG, 2-4 3-pt FG

SHOOTING DUDS
Ricky Davis, Celtics
120-110 loss at Nuggets
3-16 FG, 1-4 3-pt FG, 9 pts

Rashard Lewis, Sonics
115-96 loss at Pacers
5-15 FG, 2-7 3-pt FG, 12 pts

Kareem Rush, Bobcats
103-86 loss at Hornets
2-9 FG, 1-6 3-pt FG, 5 pts

STAT SHEET STUFFER
Playing 55 minutes in Monday's marathon loss in New York, the reigning MVP Steve Nash set a career-high in assists with 22. Nash also scored 28 points, snatched five rebounds and picked up five fouls -- making him one of three Suns who finished with five whistles against them, on top of the four other Suns who fouled out. He also nabbed one steal.

SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
The Pacers were playing without Jermaine O'Neal, Jamaal Tinsley and Ron Artest on Monday. Good thing they were playing with Fred Jones. Jones scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting and distributed five assists off the bench in Indiana's 115-96 home win over the Sonics. "He's picked up his game in one major area - he brings energy," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said about Jones. "He brings energy. We just want him to play with energy. As long as he plays with this kind of energy and force, he'll get minutes and make things happen."

RICK KAMLA'S FANTASY TAKE
"David Lee had a career night with 23 points and 15 boards against the Suns, but will Larry Brown keep playing him enough to rock fantasy leagues? Sadly, I have no idea. Transact accordingly."

GAME OF THE NIGHT
The game of the night could just end up being the game of the year. It took four quarters and three overtimes to decide the winner of Monday's game between the Suns and Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It was fitting that the end of this game that had all the theatric drama of a three act-play occurred in the city that is home to Broadway. Act I : At the end of the fourth quarter, Eddy Curry hit two foul shots with eight seconds left to tie the game at 104. Steve Nash followed with a missed shot from the wing at the end of regulation. Act II : Jamal Crawford tied the game at 118 with 35 seconds left in the first overtime. Eddie House missed a jumper and Crawford got a chance at a game-winner from the top of the key with one second left, but missed. Act III : In the second OT, House got chance at redemption, as he tied the game at 127 with a jumper with 1:27 remaining. Phoenix got the final possession of the period when Nash dished off to Pat Burke and the big man missed a shot from the baseline as time expired. Encore : Stephon Marbury, who finished with 32 points and 10 assists, scored seven straight points for New York over an 86 second span as the Knicks took a nine point advantage with 1:11 remaining and held on to win 140-133 in dramatic fashion. Drop the curtain. Turn on the lights. Show's over.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"I just tried to show these young guys I still got a little juice left in the tank. Fifteen years ago the tank was full, but now it's at about one-quarter full."

- Thirteen-year NBA veteran P.J. Brown, after posting 16 points and seven rebounds in the Hornets' 103-86 win over the Bobcats. Although, with the price of gas being what it is these days, Brown's quarter tank he has now probably costs the same as his full tank would have cost him back when he was a rookie.

STORYLINES OF THE NIGHT
1. Bucks Win Another Close One
The Milwaukee Bucks have enjoyed many fantastic finishes this year, and if the trend continues, Milwaukee fans should hope for barn-burners every night. With their 93-92 win in Chicago, the Bucks improved to an incredible 11-0 this season in games decided by six points or less. Milwaukee improved to 17-11 on the season. Last season, the Bucks did not win their 17th game until Feb. 4. The reason for the turnaround? Look no further than the addition of new head coach Terry Stotts, the return of T.J. Ford, and the maturation of Maurice Williams.

2. Trouble in Chi-Town
Last season, the Chicago Bulls started the year 0-9 before rallying to make the playoffs. This year, the Bulls started the season 12-11 which isn't quite stampediing out of the gates, but it was certainly seemed like an improvement. Since that start, however, Chicago is mired in a seven-game losing streak and wheels which were already loose may have come off the wagon completely on Monday. Hosting the Bucks at the United Center, the Bulls raced ahead to a nine point lead at halftime before squandering the game in a 93-92 loss. "Normally I err on the side of truth and I'm going to tell it," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. "I am really embarrassed by what happened out there. I thought we came out in the second half and played as soft as I have seen. We played with little heart and aggressiveness."

3. Tobacco Road Rematch
Raymond Felton may have had the upper hand in college when he won the NCAA Tournament with the University of North Carolina, but bragging rights now belong to Chris Paul after the Hornets' 103-86 drubbing of the Bobcats. Felton had four turnovers and was limited to three points in 16 minutes of play due to foul trouble while Paul scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as New Orleans/Oklahoma City grabbed control of the game. Paul also added 11 assists. Paul improved his record to 3-1 against Felton as Wake Forest beat UNC two out of the three times these point guards matched up in college.

ROOKIE WATCH
David Lee scored nine points in the first quarter on Monday and New York was ahead 27-23 after one period over the visiting Suns. Little did he know how much more basketball there was to play. Lee ended up with a career night after New York outlasted the Suns 140-133 in triple-OT. The forward out of Florida posted career highs in points (23), rebounds (15), as well as field goals made, field goals attempted, minutes played, and steals.

COOL/CLUTCH PERFORMANCE
The New York big man had pedestrian numbers after four quarters of play. Seven points and five rebounds don't exactly jump off of the page. But over the course of three overtime periods, Eddy Curry bolstered those stats with 13 more points and 10 more boards as he finished with 20 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Curry also gave New York the chance to play in overtime as he coolly stuck two free throws to tie the game with eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.