Suns 117, Lakers 90

Jerry Brown, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PHOENIX -- Phoenix center Miles Plumlee collected 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and the Suns took over the game with a 36-point second quarter in a 117-90 rout over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
Guard Gerald Green led Phoenix with 22 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers -- giving him 16 in the last three games -- as the Suns won for the eighth time in the last nine games and the 17th time in their first 27 games. They have won their last two games -- 123-108 over Dallas on Saturday and the Lakers two days later -- by a combined 42 points.
Guard Eric Bledsoe had a double-double of his own with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Marcus Morris added 19 points off the bench and had five 3-pointers for the Suns, who hit 14 3-pointers against the Lakers and have 29 in the last two games.
The Suns grabbed a season-high 62 rebounds Plumlee had nine in the first quarter alone. He became the first Suns player to grab 20 in a game since Amare' Stoudemire had 21 on Dec. 5, 2009 against the Sacramento Kings.
Guard Nick Young scored 19 points and guard Jodie Meeks had added 18 for the Lakers, who lost for the sixth time in the last nine games and fell to 1-2 since Kobe Bryant went back to the injured list. Guard Xavier Henry added 13 points for the Lakers, who led 3-0 to start the game but never again.
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni hasn't coached the Suns in six years, but what he saw Monday likely reminded him of the run-and-gun team he twice took to Western Conference finals.
Two days after scoring a season-high 125 points in a win over Dallas, the Suns tied a season high with 64 first-half points and had four players in double figures.
Phoenix led by as many as 13 in the first quarter, with eight points by guard Goran Dragic and eight rebounds from Plumlee. But trailing 27-14, the Lakers outscored the Suns 10-1 over the final 1:42 of the quarter, with three free throws by Young cutting the deficit to 28-24 at the quarter.
After missing six of seven 3-pointers in the first quarter, the Suns caught fire from long distance. Green, who came in with 10 3-pointers in his last two games, hit four of six in the quarter and three within a span of 1:15 to restore the Phoenix lead to 12 at 42-30. The stretched the lead to 16 62-46 when Green and Bledsoe nailed 3-pointers 29 seconds apart, the second with 1:56 left.
NOTES: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni hopes to have at least one point guard on the court for the Christmas Day game against Miami. Steve Nash (back) and Steve Blake (knee) remain out, but Jordan Farmar (hamstring) is on course to play against the Heat. ... The Suns began the night averaging 9.7 made 3-pointers per game, second best in the NBA. They made at least seven in 18 consecutive games through the weekend, the longest such streak in the league. ... D'Antoni on facing Phoenix's 1-2 point guard punch of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic without any healthy point guards: "We'll get back with bigger guys on them and see. They are two very good point guards. Two mediocre point guards wouldn't bother us." ... Flashback to the D'Antoni/Nash/Suns: During their 7-1 stretch coming into Monday, the Suns were averaging 108.3 points and shooting 46.7 percent from the field. ... Phoenix came into the game 11-2 in games for which it had one day of rest between games -- as was the case Monday.

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