Phoenix Suns suffer worst loss in franchise history


There was nearly nothing remarkable about the Suns' performance in their season opener against the Blazers.

Perhaps the highlight only looks as mesmerizing as it does because all five players first stepped with their left foot.

What they wrote: In the past 14 months of regular-season play, the Blazers have finished over.500 in just five of those months, and that includes several over-.500 months with less than six games in October and April.

The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip. The Blazers entered the Talking Stick Resort Arena to play against the Suns without their second-leading scorer and starting shooting guard, CJ McCollum.

It was the Suns' worst loss in franchise history. He added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 17 minutes of action. The Suns take off up the floor as one, with ideal spacing in the formation.

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Suns coach Earl Watson said he was "embarrassed" by what happened. "Portland came in here and they basically just kicked our butts as bad as they could, they didn't have no sympathy".

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.

Burks scored 12 points during a 25-4 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. The Los Angeles Clippers held the previous record on November 6, 1987, in their game against the Denver Nuggets with a 46-point deficit.

In fact, this impressive win against the Suns set a league record for the largest margin of victory in the season opener.

The Suns had never lost at home by more than 39 points. Here is the single question you have to ask to figure out if Portland's going to be good: Do you believe in Nurkic fever?