Marion didn't miss many others, though, and finished with a career-high 44 points and 15 rebounds for the Suns in a 103-94 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics for their fifth consecutive win -- the longest current streak in the NBA.
"I got all my points on passes from my teammates or on great opportunities," Marion said. "My teammates looked for me early. Everybody was making the extra pass. I was the beneficiary of getting open shots in the corner."
By winning for the eighth time in nine games, the Suns increased their Pacific Division lead to a season-high six games over the Clippers.
In surpassing his previous high of 39 points against New York last month in a triple-overtime game, Marion made 14 of 21 field-goal attempts, including four three-point baskets in seven attempts, and all 10 of his free throws.
"Basically, he had us on his back," teammate Eddie House said. "He carried us.... He brought us home."
Not only did Marion play well offensively, he also forced Paul Pierce -- who had scored 50 points in his previous game -- into an eight-for-28 shooting night. Pierce finished with 20 points.
"His defense on Pierce ... was incredible -- that was big-time right there," Sun Coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Delonte West led the Celtics with a career-high 30 points.
Channing Frye had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who regained Stephon Marbury after an eight-game absence because of a shoulder injury.
Utah 82, New Orleans 76 -- Deron Williams scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots, and the Jazz went on a 22-6 fourth-quarter run at Oklahoma City to end a three-game losing streak.
LeBron James finished with 33 points for Cleveland, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 27.
New Jersey 96, Orlando 93 -- Jason Kidd scored 28 points and made two free throws with 18 seconds left to lift the Nets at East Rutherford, N.J.
Orlando's Carlos Arroyo missed a three-point shot at the buzzer.
Chicago 97, Milwaukee 91 -- Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points, and Ben Gordon scored all of his 19 in the second half to help the Bulls hand the Bucks their seventh straight road loss.
Michael Redd scored 30 for Milwaukee, but only two of them came in the fourth quarter.