The New York Knicks were so inept on defense, the Phoenix Suns were actually critical of themselves after posting their highest point total of the season.
"I didn't think it was a very good performance at all," Steve Nash said after Phoenix tied a team record with 16 three-pointers in a 133-118 win last night in New York.
Quentin Richardson's three-pointer was fine with him as the Suns rolled over the Knicks. Richardson made 7 of 14 three-point shots.
(Ray Stubblebine -- Reuters)
"We were really careless defensively, we gave up too many points, and even offensively I thought we weren't as good as we can be."
Quentin Richardson made seven three-pointers, Jim Jackson had five and the Suns finished with the highest point total by a Knicks opponent since Portland scored 141 on Nov. 15, 1990, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points, Richardson had 25, Joe Johnson 24 and Shawn Marion 20 for Phoenix, which easily eclipsed its previous season high of 124 points.
The loss was the seventh in a row for the struggling Knicks, who obviously have not latched onto new coach Herb Williams's emphasis on defense.
The Suns scored nine more points than the previous season high for a Knicks opponent, and the 16 three-pointers were the most allowed in franchise history.
Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 40 points, Kurt Thomas added 24 points and 14 rebounds and rookie Trevor Ariza, making his second straight start, had career highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Stephon Marbury, who played his first game against the Suns since they dealt him to the Knicks last season, had 11 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 fouls.
BULLS 111, NUGGETS 107: Kirk Hinrich scored 23 points and Eddy Curry shook off a groin injury to add 14 in the fourth quarter, as host Chicago won its 11th of 12 games.
Denver broke Chicago's string of holding opponents under 100 points at 26 games, but couldn't pull out the victory despite getting 32 points -- 15 in the fourth quarter -- from Carmelo Anthony.
GRIZZLIES 95, MAGIC 83: Stromile Swift had 18 points and nine rebounds in Memphis. The Grizzlies, who had seven players in double figures, outscored the Magic 20-6 in the final 4:05 to secure their 12th win in 14 games.
Memphis needed the balanced offense after Pau Gasol, its leading scorer and rebounder, was placed on the injured list earlier in the day with a left foot injury. In addition, key reserve Bonzi Wells sat out with a groin strain.
CELTICS 97, BOBCATS 92: Paul Pierce scored 33 points to help Boston end its nine-game road losing streak and hand Charlotte its ninth loss in a row.
KINGS 113, NETS 93: Brad Miller had a season-high 31 points and 12 rebounds while making 11 straight shots to help Sacramento win at home.
SUPERSONICS 104, LAKERS 93: Vladimir Radmanovic scored all but two of his 26 points on eight three-pointers for Seattle in Los Angeles. He shot 9 of 17 (8 of 14 from long range).