(2006) Gilbert Arenas Ruins Steve Nash’s Career Night With 54 Points

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These type of posts bring a tear to my eye. On December 22nd of 2006, five days after Gilbert Arenas dropped 60 points on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, Arenas dropped 54 on Steve Nash, ending a 15-game win streak by the Phoenix Suns. The final three of the 54 points for Arenas came on an off-the-glass 3-point dagger with 30 seconds left in OT.

“The way I was going,” Arenas said, “I knew it was good.”

Arenas’ performance not only ruined the Suns streak, it ruined Steve Nash’s career night: the two-time MVP had a career-high 42 points along with 12 assists.

“When you’re on fire, you’re on fire,” Arenas said of his showmanship. “We’ve shown the world that we can compete with these good teams out here.”



Here’s what Gilbert did during a seven-game hot streak which included the scoring outbursts against the Lakers and Suns: 60, 23, 30, 54, 31, 39, 36