Is the Pacific race over?

Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry delivered what sure sounded like a concession speech after the Suns lost to the Lakers, 108-88, on Sunday. “I don’t think our top priority is beating them right now,” he said. “Our emphasis is not on how the heck we’re going to beat the Lakers. There’s Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Utah — a lot of other teams that we’ve got to try to beat before we think about the Lakers.” The Lakers also hammered Phoenix by 19 on Nov. 12.