Blazers' opening day margin of victory is the largest in National Basketball Association history

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2017

We knew it was going to be a rough season for the Phoenix Suns, but it got off to a much rougher start than anyone could have imagined in their season-opening game on Wednesday. "Portland came in here and they just basically kicked our butts as bad as they could".

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 Phoenix's Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.

It was the most one-sided season-opening loss by any team in National Basketball Association history and the most one-sided loss by the Suns in any game in their 49 years.

Watson said the team had "a lack of nearly everything strategically" when the wheels started to come off in the second quarter. They also had six players in double figures with All-Star guard Damian Lillard scoring 27 points and guard Pat Connaughton recording 24 points. "They didn't have no sympathy". The Pistons opened the season at Little Caesars Arena, a new facility that brought them back to the city for the first time in almost four decades. Only a 50-point win against Cleveland (129-79) on November 21, 1982 was larger.

After three quarters, the Blazers led 98-55. Rookie Josh Jackson started and made a 3-pointer with his first shot, but was 2 for 8 the rest of the way with only two rebounds.

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

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. Fultz, the 2017 No. 1 pick, came off the bench to score 10 points.

Hawks 117, Mavericks 111: Dennis Schroder scored 28 points for visiting Atlanta.

In Orlando, Evan Fournier scored 23 points, Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and the Magic held off Miami.

The new-look Jazz - without Gordon Hayward and George Hill - trailed most of the night before Alec Burks took over with a spectacular fourth quarter.

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