Two overtimes, 318 points, 34 lead changes, 21 ties and a dramatic showdown between two of the best point guards in the game.
The Suns beat the Nets 161-157 on Thursday night in a game that was as good as it gets in the NBA.
"I think we can go home and turn on Classic NBA," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It will be on there already. That's the best game I have ever seen."
Steve Nash scored nine of his career-high 42 in the second overtime and Boris Diaw hit a go-ahead shot in the lane with 14 seconds left to lead the Suns to their eighth straight victory in the shootout that matched the NBA's fourth-highest points total.
The classic also saw Nets point guard Jason Kidd tie Wilt Chamberlain for third place with 78 career triple doubles. Kidd finished with 38 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, but the point guard dribbled the ball off his foot with 10 seconds left, costing the Nets a chance to tie.
"It was a crazy game," said Nash, who also had 13 assists in almost 48 minutes. "They decided to run with us tonight. Both teams deserved to win. We were lucky to come out on top."
Actually, the Suns dodged two bullets. Nash had to hit a remarkable 3-pointer at the end of regulation to force the overtime then Kidd had a shot at the end of the first overtime go halfway down and fall out.
Pistons 92, Mavericks 82
DALLAS - Rasheed Wallace scored most of his 19 points on five 3-pointers, including back-to-back shots he emphatically celebrated during a third-quarter spree, leading the Pistons over the Mavericks.
The Pistons looked far more like a team that recently won eight straight than a club that had lost its last two. They grabbed control early and never let the Mavericks get as close as six points until there was 1:17 left.
SONICS: All-Star guard Ray Allen will miss at least the next seven games because of a bone bruise in his right ankle.
MAGIC: Orlando wants its arena to be named after Amway, the direct-sales business team president Rich DeVos co-founded. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the agreement Monday.