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Suns Past Warriors 108-104 In Season Opener



Suns Past Warriors 108-104 On Season Opener

In the season opener, Booker and Durant lead the Suns past the Curry and Warriors 108-104.

On a night when Golden State supporters were finally able to witness him live after all these years, Kevin Durant greeted many of the people he had become so close to throughout his three incredible seasons with the Warriors. He then scarcely displayed his finest shooting performance.

Even so, he marred the home team’s debut as the Phoenix Suns emerged victorious in the inaugural meeting between the Pacific Division heavyweights.

Durant remarked, “It was exciting to see people I hadn’t seen in a while, some familiar faces. It’s always good to be recognised for the work you put in.” “I think the support system here has only shown me love and respect for who I am as a player and a person. All I can ask for is that.

Tuesday night, Devin Booker led Phoenix to a 108-104 victory in a back-and-forth game that ended with a layup that gave him the lead with 4:51 remaining. He then made a 3-pointer and finished with 32 points.

On a night the Warriors welcomed KD back for his first game in front of Bay Area fans since he left following the 2019 NBA Finals, Stephen Curry scored 27 points against his former shooting partner Durant’s 18 points.

At 8:21 in the third quarter, Curry scored seven points in a row to bring the Warriors within 64-61, prompting Phoenix to seek a timeout. The Suns went 2 for 14 in the third, while Golden State started it with a 27-5 run.

In his final seconds, Jusuf Nurkic, making his Suns debut, scored 14 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and made a driving layup. With 1:09 remaining, Josh Okogie made a baseline three-pointer, and 45 seconds later, Eric Gordon made a long-range shot before Curry made a deep one.

Booker was doubtful going into the game due to discomfort in his left big toe, but he finished with eight assists, six rebounds, and a start. Eight of the Suns’ first 13 points came from him, as he made his first three jumpers.

For the first time since he guided the Warriors to two titles, two NBA Finals MVP honours, and three consecutive Finals berths from 2017 to 2019, Durant was met with enthusiastic applause from the crowd.

During pregame introductions, the Warriors screened video highlights on the big screen. After acknowledging the love with a heart pat and an arm raise, Durant went 7 for 22 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

“The video has a lot of enjoyable moments. We were able to quickly revisit some of those moments,” Durant remarked. “However, it was satisfying to arrive here and begin the season with a victory.”

When the Suns last visited Chase Centre in March of this year, Durant was hurt. He had previously played there with Brooklyn in February 2021, when the building was closed to fans due of the epidemic.

Against his most recent squad, Chris Paul made his Warriors debut with 14 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds. He was traded for Jordan Poole by Golden State on draft night from the Wizards (he never played in Washington).

Paul got three early assists but missed his first six shots and all six of his 3-point attempts.

Guard Moses Moody stated, “He’s a rhythm player so he’s really good at getting you the ball in spots you want it.”

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