Nash sees his scoring rise as he gets comfortable with Lakers' offense.

The adrenaline rush kicked into overdrive for Mike D'Antoni.

The reasons went beyond the medication he took after having knee replacement surgery and surprisingly becoming the Lakers head coach over Phil Jackson.

D'Antoni would reunite with point guard Steve Nash, a partnership the Lakers coach described in his introductory news conference in November as a "match made in heaven." That's because D'Antoni coached Nash through four seasons with the Phoenix Suns that resulted in two league MVP awards and playoff appearances each year.

He hardly predicted Nash missing 24 games because of a fractured left leg, let alone the Lakers clawing for a playoff spot. But this one tops it all.

The Lakers (20-25) enter tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns (15-30) with a three-game winning streak partly because Nash suddenly has taken the scoring mantle. Not a bad idea for someone who's shot 49.1 percent from the field in his 17-year career, including 42.8 percent from 3-point range.

"He's one of the greatest shooters of all time," Kobe Bryant said of Nash. "He's a `no-leave' guy. If they do leave him, God bless them."