Suns suffer worst opening-night loss in National Basketball Association history

Suns suffer worst opening-night loss in National Basketball Association history”

The Blazers' 50-point win over Cleveland in 1982 will remain atop the franchise record-books, but Portland still managed to hand the Suns their worst loss in franchise history, surpassing a 44-point Phoenix loss in 1998.

The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip.

Portland beat the Suns, 124-76, Wednesday.

The Blazers bested the 1987 Denver Nuggets' 46-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers for the largest win in a season opener in league history while coming up just short of the biggest margin of victory in franchise history.

The blowout also topped Phoenix's 44-point loss to Seattle (151-107) on April 2, 1988. It could be a long year in Phoenix.

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 27 points to lead the way for the Blazers, who took control early and were never challenged.

The Blazers dominated even though they were without one of their best players, guard C.J. McCollum, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench area during a tussle involving the Suns' Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.

Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 7-for-25 shooting in his Boston debut.

In Detroit, Tobias Harris scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter, helping the Pistons celebrate their return downtown with the victory over Charlotte at the new Little Caesars Arena. Josh Jackson, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, scored 11 points in his NBA debut.

At the same time, it was a porous offensive team performance from the Suns that saw them shoot 31.5 percent from the field along with hitting 25.9 percent from 3-point range (7-of-27) while veteran guard Eric Bledsoe led the team with 15 points in the loss.

Hassan Whiteside keyed the Heat's comeback and finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds.

Grizzlies 103, Pelicans 91: Mike Conley scored 27 points as host Memphis knocked off New Orleans, which got 33 points and 18 rebounds from Anthony Davis and 28 and 10 from DeMarcus Cousins.

Bucks 108, Celtics 100: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 13 boards as visiting Milwaukee prevailed.

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