Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut, Marcus Morris matched his career high with five three-pointers and the Suns dominated their season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers 119-99 on Wednesday night despite Kobe Bryant’s 31 points.
Tony Parker made a clutch shot in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili had a big game, and Tim Duncan contributed a double-double. San Antonio’s efficient performance on opening night in the league looked familiar, as the defending champions beat visiting Dallas 101-100.
LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The defending champion San Antonio Spurs are already one and they brought back virtually their entire team for their quest to repeat.
Quin Snyder, a former standout guard at Mercer Island High School, is the first-year coach of the Utah Jazz, which opens its season Wednesday. Salt Lake City is the 47-year-old’s sixth stop in a span of about four years. “Every move has made sense,” he said.
One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA’s owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer of this decade and its reigning most valuable player, will likely be sidelined from six to eight weeks after fracturing a bone in his right foot.
LeBron James scored seven points while playing 20:35 against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime in an exhibition game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kevin Love of the Cavaliers scored a game-high 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
The NBA renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT, even though two seasons remain on the existing ones. The league’s annual revenue from the new agreements will increase from $930 million to more than $2.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the terms.