Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek

A.J. Perez.

The Phoenix Suns fired coach Jeff Hornacek after the team’s 14th consecutive road loss.

Hornacek, in his third season as the Suns’ head coach, was informed of his dismissal after the team returned Sunday night from a 91-78 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Yahoo Sports was first to report the news, which was confirmed by the Arizona Republic.

The Suns hold a 14-35 record and have lost 19 of their last 21 games. This season is on pace to be the franchise’s worst since the inaugural team went 16-66 in 1968-69.

While Hornacek didn’t take the Suns to the playoffs in his first two seasons in Phoenix, the former scrappy NBA player led competitive squads, including a 48-34 team in his first year. But injuries – including a season-ending injury suffered by point guard Eric Bledsoe – mounted this season.

Hornacek was appointed Phoenix’s head coach prior to the 2013-14 season and went 101-112 overall.

The Suns will interview assistant coaches Monday before choosing an interim head coach. Assistants on the Phoenix staff include Corey Gaines, Nate Bjorkgren and Earl Watson.

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