Swanigan nets eight in National Basketball Association debut with Blazers

Swanigan nets eight in National Basketball Association debut with Blazers

The 48-point margin is the largest ever in a season opener, even as the Trail Blazers let a 58-point fourth-quarter lead dwindle.

It was easy to forget Portland was playing without its star shooting guard as the Blazers made quick work of the Suns, cruising to the biggest season-opening win in National Basketball Association history. They also had six players in double figures with All-Star guard Damian Lillard scoring 27 points and guard Pat Connaughton recording 24 points.

Prior to the news, McCollum was projected to score 24.7 points and account for 38.9 FanDuel points across 36.3 minutes in Portland's first game of the season. Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting.

In San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs held on to beat Minnesota without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard.

Pistons 102, Hornets 90: Tobias Harris scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter, helping Detroit celebrate its return downtown with a win.

In Washington, John Wall scored 28 points, Bradley Beal rebounded from a rough start to add 25 and the hosts edged the Wizards, spoiling the National Basketball Association debuts of top picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.

Phoenix will have a day to stew over the loss, before it returns to the hardwood on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, who challenged the Suns for the worst record in the Western Conference last season. Fultz, the 2017 No. 1 choice, scored 10 points.

In Dallas, Dennis Schroder scored 28 points in his first game as the front man for Atlanta and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Jr.'s solid debut for the Mavs.

There wasn't much to celebrate for the Suns, but rookie Josh Jackson scored 11 points in 32 minutes in his National Basketball Association debut. Clint Capela had 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who played without Chris Paul, who has a bruised left knee.

Grizzlies 103, Pelicans 91: Mike Conley scored 27 points as host Memphis knocked off New Orleans, which got 33 points and 18 rebounds from Anthony Davis and 28 and 10 from DeMarcus Cousins.

In Salt Lake City, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds in Utah's victory over Denver.

Bucks 108, Celtics 100: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 13 boards as visiting Milwaukee prevailed.

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