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Suns 118, Warriors 87

December 5, 1996

PHOENIX (AP) _ Phoenix coach Danny Ainge talked to the Suns about a fresh start, and they went after Golden State with new energy. Maybe Warriors coach Rich Adelman should try it.

Powered by 21 points apiece from A.C. Green and Michael Finley, the Suns pounded the Warriors 118-87 Wednesday night, posting their second victory in 16 games as well as their second 100-plus game.

``They did pretty much what they wanted,″ Adelman said after the Warriors’ 12th loss in 18 outings. ``It was just a poor, poor game on our part.″

``They just had more energy to start the game out,″ Warriors center Felton Spencer said.

``We had fun out there,″ said Hot Rod Williams, playing his fourth game since coming off the injured list on Nov. 26. ``Coach talked about starting over with this game, and we knew this would be a good opportunity for us.

``Now that we’re healthy and nobody expects us to do anything, we should be able to get something going and surprise a few people,″ he added, pointing out that the Suns have also been without Kevin Johnson and Mark Bryant for much of the season,

The Suns held a 66-39 halftime lead and led by at least 18 the rest of the way en route to their highest point total of the season.

Green led all rebounders with 12 as the Suns held a 50-39 advantage on the boards. Danny Manning came off the bench to score 20 and Johnson had nine assists.

The Suns, who have struggled shooting all season, hit 56 percent from the field in the first half and finished at 52 percent.

Latrell Sprewell led Golden State with 22 points, and Chris Mullin added 16.

Manning said this was the way it should be all the time.

``We still feel that every game we play at home we should win,″ Manning said. ``Tonight we came out and the energy level was high, and when our bench came in, we were able to keep it going.″

Energy was what the Warriors lacked, Spencer said.

``It was looking like we might have a chance to get back into the game in the third quarter if we could have made a couple of shots, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,″ he said.

Mullin agreed.

``We got knocked out right away, so it wasn’t much of a game,″ he said.

A 31-9 run gave Phoenix a 37-17 first-quarter lead. Green (13) and Finley combined for 24 points and Johnson had seven assists as the Suns had their highest-scoring first quarter of the season.

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