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Mike D'Antoni defends short rotation

Lakers coach defiant on use of a short bench on second night of back-to-back

Updated: March 19, 2013, 7:37 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- After his team scored a season-low 76 points and was outscored 28-10 in the fourth quarter, Mike D'Antoni said it just about every way you can say it:

"I think we ran out of gas. … [The Suns] had more athleticism, more energy and more legs than we did. I think we were tired; we just kind of got stuck in mud."

And yet, D'Antoni left four healthy players on his bench until garbage time Monday, subbing them in with less than three minutes remaining and the Lakers trailing ...

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