Devin Booker scored 19 of his 35 points in the final 6:44 and lifted the Phoenix Suns to a 121-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the teams' season opener on Wednesday night.
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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer
Great example of the sensational feel and confidence Luka Doncic has: He grabbed a long defensive rebound late in the third and immediately pushed it, creating a quick layup for himself on the other end. No hesitation whatsoever — he just grabbed it and went.
Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer
No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton had the stronger first half in his debut against No. 3 pick Luka Doncic as his Phoenix Suns took a 56-46 lead over the Dallas Mavericks to the break. Ayton had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes, knocking down a pair of midrange jumpers and finishing an and-one with the foul on Doncic. Doncic showed his court vision, handing out three assists to DeAndre Jordan, including a behind-the-back pass for a dunk. However, Doncic missed all three shots he attempted outside the paint.
Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer
It's not hard to see what has the NBA world captivated by Luka Doncic's potential. The flash is what catches the eye, but he's completely under control and poised with the ball. It's almost as if he's been playing professionally at a very high level already.
Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer
After Philly's loss last night, teams that played preseason games in China are now 1-8 ATS and straight up in their regular-season opener, since the 2014-15 season. The Mavs are 1-point underdogs tonight in Phoenix.
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Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will miss multiple weeks while he continues to recover from April ankle surgery, according to coach Rick Carlisle. Nowitzki is expected to be out for several games to start the 2018-19 season.
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Dirk Nowitzki will not be ready for the Mavs' opener and will probably miss several games to start the season as he continues to rehab from April ankle surgery. "It's going to be multiple weeks," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is doing better but has not done any significant court work."
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss the latest on the Mavericks' continued internal drama (5:00), pro-ready Luka Doncic can be a special player (15:00), can Dejounte Murray's torn ACL shake up the Western Conference playoff race (40:00) and some Jimmy Butler trade scenarios (1:00:00).
Marc J. Spears The Undefeated
Suns guard Devin Booker (hand surgery) told ESPN's The Undefeated that he is still hopeful to play in the season-opener against Dallas on Oct. 17.
Fans in China got an ideal show: a down-to-the-wire game, and a chance to cheer one of their own.
Sixers coach Brett Brown is thinking of having Markelle Fultz start games but come off the bench to start the second half.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that the league is aware of new allegations of sexual misconduct by the Mavericks' team photographer and will monitor how the team responds.