Phoenix opened its regular season with a disappointing 110-98 loss at home to the Denver Nuggets. The Suns leading scorer was Mikal Bridges with 16 points but Phoenix shot poorly hitting only 41.4% of their shots overall and 37.8% of their shots from beyond the three-point arc. Phoenix committed 18 turnovers which was well above their season average a year ago of 12.0. Dario Saric is questionable for the Suns on Friday.
The Los Angeles Lakers also opened their regular season on a disappointing note after falling to the Golden State Warriors at home 121-114 on Tuesday night. LeBron James scored 34 points to lead the Lakers. Los Angeles shot 47.4% overall but hit just 35.7% from downtown. The Lakers committed 18 turnovers and were outrebounded by the Warriors 50-45.Trevor Ariza is out until early December, while Wayne Ellington, Kendrick Nunn and Talen Horton-Tucker are questionable
Suns shoot poorly in openerLast season Devin Booker was the leading scorer for the Phoenix Suns with an average of 25.6 points per game but in Wednesday's season opener the shooting guard hit just 3 of 15 shots and scored only 12 points ending with a +/- of -24. Chris Paul started off the season well for Phoenix with 15 points and a team-best 10 assists. Jae Crowder and JaVale McGee each pulled down eight rebounds for the Suns.
Phoenix was too careless with the ball as both Booker and Paul committed three turnovers and five others had two turnovers each. Phoenix was held to 41.4% shooting overall and hit only 14 of 37 (37.8%) attempts from three point territory. The Suns defense allowed Denver to shoot 53.0% overall and 43.6% from long range and Phoenix must play better perimeter defense or will be in for a long season.
Lakers run out of gasLos Angeles held a two-point lead over the Golden State Warriors after three quarters in Tuesday's opening game of the season but were outscored 38-29 in the final stanza to lose by seven. The Lakers shot well with the exception of offseason acquisition Russell Westbrook who missed 9 of 13 field-goal attempts and was 0-for-4 from 3-point territory. Westbrook, known for his triple-double records, scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists in a below par start for the Lakers.
King coming through. pic.twitter.com/WUPxtd5JEb— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 20, 2021
Los Angeles received little help off the bench as the Lakers bench scored just 29 points to 55 points for the Warriors bench. Anthony Davis played well for the Lakers on opening night with 33 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with LeBron James with 11. James and Davis combined to shoot 28-for-49, but the other three starters for the Lakers combined to shoot 8-for-23.
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