Like a lot of folks at this time of year, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni sounded a little nostalgic Monday at US Airways Center before his short-handed Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Suns 117-90 at US Airways Center. D’Antoni spoke glowingly about his days as the coach in Phoenix and marveled at the Suns’ quick start this season under coach Jeff Hornacek. “Well, I don’t think anybody gave them 2 cents to start the year off,” he said. “But I’m not surprised after watching them. Jeff does an unbelievable job with his players. And they play. They come at you. They spread the floor. And they run. They’re exciting.” If that sounds a little like D’Antoni describing the Suns when he was here, it’s hard to blame him. The Suns under Hornacek play fast, love the 3-point shot and they’re likeable on and off the court. And, as D’Antoni used to like to say, they take special enjoyment anytime they can “bust” the Lakers. The Suns busted them again Monday night, getting 22 points off the bench from Gerald Green and 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds from center Miles Plumlee. “(Green) was in a little bit of a slump there, but he seems to be out of it,” Hornacek said, laughing. “When he’s shooting with confidence, we all feel he’s going to make every shot, even the wild ones he may take. That’s huge for us off the bench. “Miles did a great job for us both rebounding and in the low-post area getting dump off passes for dunks. He was big on the boards.” The Suns should write a little holiday thank you note to the Indiana Pacers for sending them two gifts in Green and Plumlee in the Luis Scola trade. Green hit six 3-point field goals in 11 attempts, and the Suns were a plus-35 points with Plumlee on the court. So it was no surprise that the Suns beat the Lakers for the second time in two meetings under Hornacek and for the fourth time in five tries since D’Antoni took over as Lakers coach. Overall, the Suns have won six of eight against the Lakers and five in a row at US Airways Center. They also will take a tidy three-game winning streak into their game Friday against Golden State after a short holiday break.
Phoenix Suns cruise past the Los Angeles Lakers at home
Arizona Republic | Dec 24