VIDEO: Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards 2006 – Gilbert Arenas (54 pts) vs. Steve Nash (42 pts)
The first of our many necessary flashbacks of great games, players, and scoring battles in this CLASSICS section takes us back to Friday, December 22, 2006 when the Phoenix Suns played the Washington Wizards.
So many factors made this game a classic:
- The best version of Steve Nash’s mastery of the pick-and-roll while scoring on jumpers, lay ups, and floaters, making non-stop plays for himself and others going against the gaudy and relentless offensive attack of Gilbert “Agent Zero” Arenas.
- Arenas’ revenge grudge on Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni from when he felt D’Antoni snubbed him from the Team USA roster during the summer.
- The Phoenix Suns were on a 15-game winning streak coming into this game.
- Arenas’ 54 points was the second-most scored against Phoenix behind Wilt Chamberlain (66) in 1969.
- Arenas had just dropped 60 against the Lakers the previous Sunday, making him the sixth player in history to score at least 50 points twice in a six-day span.
FINAL SCORE: Wizards 144, Suns 139
Gilbert Arenas: 54 points (21-37 FG, 6-12 3FG)
Steve Nash: 42 points, 12 assists
See all of Nash and Arenas’ highlights from this classic game below. It’s really worth your time.