Notes on Monday's games in the National Basketball Association ...
• Steve Nash Eaten By Wolves. A motivated Kevin Garnett is a thing to behold. The Phoenix Suns were just one win short of going through January without a loss, before Garnett stopped them with 44 points and 11 rebounds in Minnesota's 121-112 win on Monday, snapping the Suns' 17-game win streak. Garnett scored 15 points in the fourth quarter. Raja Bell had 26 points for Phoenix.
• It Wasn't Supposed To Go Like This, Was It? Tough times in Denver. Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony were both injured in Charlotte's 105-101 win over the Nuggets; Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Iverson (31 points) sprained his right ankle and Anthony (25) sprained his left wrist as the Nuggets lost their third straight. Well, things could be worse. You could be Latrell Sprewell.
• Surprise, Surprise!. We love it when they go for the win. Down by two with time about to expire, Vince Carter opted for a 3 instead of a two and hit it just before the buzzer, giving the Nets a 116-115 win over the Jazz.
• Not Your Average Joe. Joe Johnson got his third 30-point game with 34 points (22 in the second half), leading Atlanta over Orlando 93-83. Ther Hawks hope to have point guard Speedy Claxton back to practice today. Claxton has missed 15 games with a sore knee.