Above The Rim: The Beard Abides.

Warriors 129, Suns 114 – Golden State snaps Phoenix’s 8-game winning streak thanks to 15 straight points by Monta Ellis in the 4th quarter to a career-high tying 31, plus 28 and 10 dimes from Baron Davis. Stephen Jackson threw in 32 in his first home game of the season. Steve Nash was the sole Sun with 20+ points, but eight turnovers helped do his team in.

Knicks 113, Jazz 109 – I’m wondering how long the love-fest between Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury can last now. Marbury threw in a season-high 28 in the victory over Utah, and Thomas was lavishing praise — “Overall a good team effort, but No. 3 was really good tonight.” Carlos Boozer scored 16 of his 30 in the fourth quarter and Deron Williams had 26, but allowing the Knicks to shoot 53% is a problem.

Magic 85, Blazers 74 – Orlando is the first team in the Association to win 13 in a season. I need to pay more attention to the NBA right now; I’m missing shit like this because I’ve got games on in the background at work.  Dwight Howard had an off night with foul trouble, but Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu stepped up with 20+ point nights.

Wizards 110, Mavericks 98 – Essentially either Caron Butler or Antawn Jamison is going to have to jack up 30+ point nights every night for the Wizards to win games. Butler did the work with 35 (including five three pointers) against the Mavericks and Jamison added 27, with Gilbert Arenas out for three months.

Timberwolves 103, Hornets 94 – Things I was surprised to read while looking over scores: Sebastian Telfair is capable of scoring 20 points in an NBA game; Marko Jaric has had two straight games of 20+ points; Jaric is dating supermodel Adriana Lima.  The Hornets were out of sync outside of Chris Paul, who probably isn’t quite at his best when he has to score 31 points (because he isn’t dishing it as much since guys aren’t open.)

Photo: AP/Ben Margot

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