By Dave McMenamin
Jerry Stackhouse returns to the lineup and takes to the sky.
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Kirilenko was clutch in an overtime victory Monday against Memphis.
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Paul Pierce, Celtics
118-111 loss at Sonics
43 pts, 13-25 FG
1-4 3-pt FG, 16-21 FT

Richard Jefferson, Nets
109-101 win at Knicks
23 pts, 8-8 FG, 1-1 3-pt FG, 6-7 FT

Boris Diaw, Suns
103-89 win at Timberwolves
31 pts, 11-16 FG, 9-9 FT

Michael Redd, Bucks
108-93 loss at Magic
4-16 FG, 1-4 3-pt FG, 8-9 FT, 17 pts

Quentin Richardson, Knicks
109-101 loss vs. Nets
1-7 FG, 0-3 3-pt FG, 2-3 FT 4 pts

Ray Allen, Sonics
118-111 win vs. Celtics
3-13 FG, 0-7 3-pt FG, 12-12 FT 18 pts

The Phoenix Suns' reputation as an offensive juggernaut is only possible thanks to solid defense by its players. Take Shawn Marion's efforts on Monday, for instance. Sure, the Suns scored 103 points, but it was Marion's 16 rebounds -- all coming on the defensive end -- four blocks, and three steals that got the Suns' offense off and running. The Phoenix forward also scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and hit all four of his free throws in the Suns' 103-89 road win against the Timberwolves.

King James dropped 32 points on the Bulls on Monday, the 16th time Bron-Bron has topped 30 this year. Oh yeah, he grabbed eight boards and dished out six dimes, too. Filthy.

With six seconds left in the fourth quarter and his team down three points to the visiting Grizzlies, Utah's Andrei Kirilenko tossed an inbounds pass over a defender's head to Deron Williams, who flipped it back to Kirilenko for the game-tying 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime. In OT, Memphis' Eddie Jones and Utah's Mehmet Okur exchanged late treys before the Grizzlies found themselves down by two with six seconds left and Pau Gasol at the foul line. Gasol hit only one of two. Keith McLeod hit a foul shot for Utah to give the Jazz a three point lead with three seconds left in the extra period and Kirilenko sealed the 105-102 victory for Utah with a steal as time expired.

"I'm sure every team in the league goes through what we're going through. It's no different for us. The morale is not down, but we're trying to figure it out. ... I hate losing. I haven't really slept very well. It's good I got decent skin or you'd see all these bags under by eyes. It's not a good feeling right now. I'm eager to get a winning streak going."

- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett on the plight of the Wolves -- and of his epidermis. Minnesota is 13-12 on the season after Monday's 103-89 loss to Phoenix.

1. Pair of Sixes
The New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers extended their win streaks to six games apiece with wins over the Knicks and Bulls, respectively. Nets coach Lawrence Frank recently attributed New Jersey's success to Vince Carter's hard work. Meanwhile, Lebron James has been leading the charge for Cleveland. James scored 12 of his 32 points in the final eight minutes on Monday, prompting Chicago coach Scott Skiles to say, "Sometimes it's hard to tell if you're really doing a good job on him or if he just isn't kind of trying all the way until he wants to."

2. Trade Review
The Lakers traded Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins to the Wizards for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit back in August and on Monday night it looked like Washington got the better deal. Butler and Atkins combined for 28 points as the Wizards beat Los Angeles 94-91. The Lakers got only five points from Brown and zero from Profit, who is likely out for the season with a ruptured Achille's tendon. "It was worse than that when I was here," said Brown who was booed by his former home crowd. "Y'all wasn't here when I was getting booed? It was worse than that. It's bad that we lost. I just wanted to get a win. You always want to beat the team that traded you."

3. Portland Reaches Triple Digits
Before Monday there was only one team left in the league yet to score 100 points in a game this season. Well, the Portland Trailblazers finally joined the Ben Franklin club. The Blazers scored a season-high 105 points en route to a convincing road win in Sacramento. Portland got 22 points from Zach Randolph and 21 points and six assists from Juan Dixon in the win, the team's third straight. "We scored 100?" Randolph said. "I guess that's cool. We won, that's all that matters."

If the Knicks' season is a rain cloud, then Nate Robinson is the silver lining. The rookie out of Washington, who won a game with a 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Sixers on Nov. 26, scored a season-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. The Knicks lost 109-101 but New York fans can take solace in the fact that Robinson scored his 21 points in just 20 minutes of play, perhaps a sign that the forecast in Knick Nation calls for sunny skies in the future.

Andrei Kirilenko hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left to force overtime against Memphis on Monday. He wasn't done there. In the extra period AK-47 stepped up on the defensive end as he grabbed two rebounds, blocked a shot-attempt by Pau Gasol with 15 seconds left and stole an inbounds pass with three seconds left in the game to deny the Grizzlies any shot at tying the game and perserve a 105-102 Jazz win.

When Luke Ridnour went out a chest injury Monday night, Sonics' coach Bob Weiss called upon Ronald Murray to fill in and the game flipped in Seattle's favor. Murray, nicknamed "Flip," played a season-high 33 minutes and scored a season-high 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Sonics' 118-111 win against the Celtics. His performance was highlighted by an 18-point third quarter explosion in which he shot 7-of-7 from the field. Flip also dished out five assists to tie a season-high.