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Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Phoenix begin life without head coach Frank Johnson this evening when they welcome the New Orleans to America West Arena. Phoenix fired Johnson on Wednesday after a disappointing 8-13 start and elevated assistant Mike D'Antoni to head coach. Johnson, a former player who had been an assistant with the for five years before replacing Scott Skiles in February of 2002, posted a 63-76 record in two-plus seasons as the club's head coach.

D'Antoni, who guided the Denver during the shortened lockout season in 1998-99, has spent 30 years in professional basketball as a player, coach, front office executive and scout in the NBA, ABA and the Italian League. D'Antoni joined the ' staff on June 25, 2002 as the top assistant coach.

He was also on the bench as an assistant for Portland in the 2000-01 season and was hired as a scout for San Antonio during the 1999-00 campaign.

Phoenix has lost three straight, including Tuesday's 92-72 setback to the Miami . poured in a game-high 27 points and added 10 rebounds for the , who have dropped six of their last seven contests.

All three of Phoenix' recent losses have come without star forward , who will miss up to four weeks with a badly sprained ankle.

Elsewhere on the injury front guard left in the second quarter with a chest injury and did not return. X-rays after the game were inconclusive, but he is not expected to play tonight.

Phoenix is 6-6 at home this season.

New Orleans, meanwhile, comes into tonight's contest rolling after scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the ' 91-85 triumph over the Milwaukee on Monday.

and each netted 18 points for New Orleans, which has won two in a row and four of its last five games. Davis, who was only 6-of-25 from the floor, also chipped in 10 assists and six boards, while recording his 10th double-double of the season.

New Orleans, which will be starting a four-game road trip tonight, is 7-4 away from home this season.

The won both meetings with the last season and have won the last four matchups. However, they have lost five of their last eight in the desert.

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