The Phoenix Suns made a statement in their first game of the season, winning over the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 123-119. The win was made possible in large part due to the debut of newly acquired superstar Kevin Durant.
Durant, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, made an immediate impact in his first game with the Suns. He scored 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and added seven rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes of action.
The victory was especially impressive considering the Suns were playing without their starting point guard, Chris Paul, who is out with an injury.
The Suns’ new-look roster was on full display in the win, as they showcased their new offensive and defensive schemes. The team’s new dimensions of play were particularly evident in the third quarter, when they outscored the Hornets 32-19.
The Suns also got a boost from forward Brittney Griner, who had a stellar performance. Griner’s highlight-reel plays and infectious energy were a big part of the team’s success.
The Suns are now 1-0 to start the season, and they will look to continue their winning ways as they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.