Gentry: 'I'm disgusted'
Looking for their third straight win, the Suns instead came out flat, fell behind by 21 points and ultimately lost 106-104 to the Golden State Warriors at U.S. Airways Center.
With the loss, the Suns fell to 14-20 on the season, and almost inexplicably, 7-9 on their home floor -- the 2nd- worst mark in the Western Conference.
Predictably, head coach Alvin Gentry was beyond frustrated with his team's effort, especially in the first quarter, which saw the Suns dig a 19-point hole.
Despite the start, the Suns fought back over the next 36 minutes, and actually led for :47 of the fourth quarter. With the game tied at 104, Monta Ellis hit a 13-footer from the baseline with one second left to give the Warriors a two- point lead.
Phoenix had a chance and got a shot off, but Channing Frye's three-pointer from the corner clanged off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
"The game was lost in the first quarter, when we've got an opportunity to do something good, and we come out like that, it's just ridiculous. It's unfair to the fans in the stands," Gentry ranted. "The way we approached the game sucked. Yeah, I said 'sucked.'"
The Warriors' win snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Suns in Phoenix which dated back to 2005. Golden State took 2 out of 3 games between the two teams this season -- the first time they've claimed the season series in 18 years.
The Suns head to the break six games under .500 and 4 games out of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot with 32 games to play.
"We have to decide what kind of team we want to be," Gentry said. "Do we want to be a tease, where we win a couple of games, and then we decide not to play the first ten minutes? Or are we going to be a team that bears down and try to grind this thing out so we can get back in the playoff race?"
If the Suns can figure out a way to win at home, they could claw their way back into postseason contention. Following the All-Star festivities in Orlando, Phoenix will play 9 of their next 11 at U.S. Airways Center.
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