Clippers and Stoudemire feature heavily with respective dunk shows.
There were seven games on the NBA schedule on Monday night, with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers picking up important wins to keep the pressure on their rivals.
Following on from their loss in Chicago on Sunday, the Heat bounced back immediately with a win over the Washington Wizards which moves them to within a game of the Indiana Pacers at the top of the Eastern Conference.
The win also confirmed their playoff spot, as LeBron James led the way with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists although Miami did show their vulnerability inside against a big man with Marcin Gortat finishing the game with 14 points and 18 rebounds.
Nevertheless both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also stepped up to see Miami over the line to improve to 44-17 for the season, with all eyes now on whether or not they can overthrow Indiana in the East.
Staying in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks made it four consecutive wins after inflicting a 17th straight loss on the Philadelphia 76ers at the Garden on Monday.
Aside from Tim Hardaway Jr. putting up 28 points, Amar’e Stoudemire features twice in the top plays of the night with some old school power dunking as he showed off his athletic ability which some doubted he still had.
However, the Knicks (25-40) continue to close the gap, although they are still three-and-a-half games adrift of the Atlanta Hawks in the last playoff spot.
The Brooklyn Nets also won but not without Terrence Ross putting up the play of the night with his nasty slam at the Barclays Center, while Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan also feature with the former scoring 37 points on the night.
Denver Nuggets 98-105 Charlotte Bobcats
Toronto Raptors 97-101 Brooklyn Nets
Washington Wizards 90-99 Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers 110-123 New York Knicks
Orlando Magic 98-105 Milwaukee Bucks
Atlanta Hawks 112-110 Utah Jazz
Phoenix Suns 105-112 Los Angeles Clippers