Green, Plumlee lead Suns past Lakers 117-90

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm •  Published: December 23, 2013
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It was that kind of night for the Lakers, who watched the Suns hit 14 3-pointers in their sixth loss in nine games.

"Why would I be discouraged?" a testy D'Antoni said. "We are fighting with a bunch of good guys that played well before and they will play again. If (the fans) are discouraged, then find another team to root for. We are not going to give up.

"Are you kidding me? Discouraged? That is not even fair to these guys. They're going to fight."

The Lakers only healthy point guard was ex-Sun Kendall Marshall, signed last week and who committed four turnovers in six minutes in his debut Saturday. He didn't play until the game was decided in the fourth quarter.

The 6-foot-6 Xavier Henry again started at point guard with Steve Blake (elbow), Jordan Farmar (hamstring) and Steve Nash (back) all sidelined.

Despite being outrebounded by Plumlee alone (9-8) and committing 10 fouls in the first quarter, the Lakers only trailed 28-24.

Then the Suns got hot from the outside — again.

After hitting just 1 of 7 3-pointers in the first quarter, Phoenix drained seven of their first nine in the second, including four from Green as the Suns built a 62-46 lead.

The Suns, who extended their team record of hitting at least seven 3s to 19 games, built a 24-point third-quarter lead behind Plumlee's work inside and Green's from the perimeter.

"We've pretty much simplified it for them," Frye said. "Gerald, come of the screen and shoot the ball. Miles, come off a screen and dunk the ball.

"It's pretty simple, and I think they're growing inside those roles."

NOTES: D'Antoni is "optimistic" Farmar will return Wednesday vs. Miami. Farmar will meet with doctors Tuesday. . While Blake is still weeks from returning and wearing a brace on his right arm, he's been able to work on his opposite hand and said he can now consistently make free throws lefty. . About the only thing Plumee did wrong was air-ball a first-quarter free throw. "I needed to take a bigger breath," Plumlee joked.

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