Much like the continually surprising Phoenix Suns, Monday night's seven-game slate of NBA action got off to a hot start and kept right on rolling.
John Wall nudged the Washington Wizards nearer to history, Tyreke Evans stunned the Portland Trail Blazers and Jimmy Butler showed up when the Chicago Bulls needed him most.
Plus, Shawn Marion turned back the clock against the Minnesota Timberwolves, completing his throwback night by somehow avoiding a game-changing foul call.
LeBron James proved that a man can live by jumpers alone, Goran Dragic made a Pacific Division statement and the Suns showed us all how wrong we were two months ago.
They say the second-to-last episode of any good TV series is always the best one. I like to think the penultimate edition of takeaways for the 2013 calendar year works the same way.