Thursday, December 07, 2006

Suns and Nets Play One of the Best Games Ever Played: [David Stefanini]

The New Jersey Nets played the Phoenix Suns tonight in what was the best game I have ever witnessed played. Throughout the game there was a consistent level of good basketball being played. Not many turnovers and A LOT of points. In fact the score at the end of the 4th quarter was 133-133.

At the end of the first overtime the score read 143-143. Finally in the second overtime the Suns just overpowered the Nets. The final score was Phoenix 161, Nets 157. These numbers are not made up, this is the real score.

There were great performances, Vince Carter had 31 points, but fouled out in the 4th. However the stars of the night were Jason Kidd and Steve Nash. Nash would finish the game with 42 points, 6 rebounds, and 13 assists (thank God he is on my fantasy team). I feel Kidd had the best stat line recording yet another triple-double with 38 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists; those numbers are ridiculous.

The game itself was simply amazing. Steve Nash sent the game into overtime with a 3 points at the end of the 4th quarter. Leading to that point the biggest lead of the game was only 10 by the Suns, which didn't last very long. The game had 27 lead changes and 21 ties. Teams can go weeks without having a lead change occur 27 times in the games they play.

Both teams showed great hustle and heart. Hopefully this game will wake the Nets up as to how to play Nets basketball, get up and down the court and apply pressure. The Suns did not need to be reminded how to play Suns basketball. They remain the hottest team in the league with the most impressive win in recent memory.