Above The Rim: Pure Amare

41 points, 14 boards, pure dominance in a Phoenix comeback over the Nuggets, 132-117. No one will be saying Amare Stoudemire is the MVP this year (too many other, better candidates), but the way the Suns are meshing now with Shaq and Nash is something to be afraid of if you’re gonna face ’em come playoff time.

Normally I wouldn’t care about any game featuring the Charlotte Bobcats, and neither would you — but if you want to see someone getting warmed up and ready, Toronto’s Chris Bosh is ready to show off yet again with 32 points in a close 104-100 victory.

The Mavs are hanging on by beating up bad teams — like the Clippers, even though it was tough to do that with Dirk Nowitzki gone. 93-86 was the final score, and it required a great fourth quarter from Josh Howard.

Clear display of Western superiority over the East yet again: 129-87, the final score in a Jazz win over the Wizards. C.J. Miles led the way with 29 as the team shot nearly 60 percent and made 50 field goals.

Photo: AP/Ross D. Franklin

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