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Phoenix Suns suffer heaviest season-opening loss in NBA history

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The Phoenix Suns made the worst possible start to the new NBA season as they suffered the heaviest opening night loss in league history.

They were humiliated on their home floor by the Portland Trail Blazers who came away with a thumping 124-76 win at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The 48-point defeat was also the biggest in franchise history and was a one-sided affair from the opening tip.

Head coach Earl Watson said he was "embarrassed" by his team's display.

"Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could," Watson said. "They didn't have no sympathy."

The 76 points the Suns scored were fewer than they scored in any game all of last season. To put that into perspective, Devin Booker had 70 points in a game last year by himself.

The rout overtook the previous league record set by the Denver Nuggets in their 46-point victory (139-93) over the Los Angeles Clippers on opening day in 1987.

The blowout also topped Phoenix's 44-point loss to the Seattle SuperSonics (151-107) in 1988.

"It's going to be hard for me to sleep tonight," Booker said.

When he was asked how this humiliating loss happened, he replied: “That’s a great question. We just got our asses kicked from the beginning to the end.”

The Blazers were up by as much as 58 at one point of the game and led by 25 at half-time. But things got seriously out of hand at the end of the third quarter which led to Portland's official Twitter account trolling their opponents.

The stats from the game make for very grim reading for the Arizona-based franchise. The Suns bench was outscored in the first half by the Blazers bench, 24-0. They were outrebounded 57-33 and had more turnovers (16) than assists (10).

To make matters worse, the Trail Blazers were without one of their best players in C.J. McCollum who was serving a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during a pre-season altercation against the same team.

In his absence, All-Star Damian Lillard led the team and put up 27 points. Pat Connaughton replaced McCollum in the starting lineup and filled in impressively posting a career-high 24 points and going 4-of-6 from three-point range.

Portland Trail Blazers v Indiana Pacers

Phoenix has one of the youngest teams in the league and have been tipped by many to make a leap this season as they develop.

This will put a huge dent in their confidence going into the rest of the campaign but it'll be up to the likes of Booker, Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler to rally the team and bounce back from this disastrous start.

Topics:
Damian Lillard
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Devin Booker
Phoenix Suns
Pacific Division
CJ McCollum

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