Phoenix Suns: 3 Takeaways From Opening Night Victory Over Dallas

Deandre Ayton Luka Doncic

"It was that time of the game". Out of 19 games played, he had 10 double-digit scoring performances including a season-high 17 points in a win against the Dallas Mavericks on December 18.

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks poses for a portrait during the 2018 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on August 12, 2018 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York.

Winning the lottery, drafting four players including #1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, signing Devin Booker to a max contract, hiring Igor Kokoskov as head coach and relieving Ryan McDonough of general manager duties nine days before the season opener all contributed to a very interesting couple of months.

The Phoenix Suns are turning to Isaiah Canaan to handle point guard duties in the team's season opener against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night. As fate would have it, Ayton scored his first National Basketball Association points on Doncic, drawing the foul. The No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

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"Just caught a rhythm", Booker said.

Doncic didn't shoot the ball well (5 of 16 from the field), but scored 10, had eight rebounds and four assists and showed several flashes of why the Mavericks are so excited about him, including this effortless behind-the-back assist. We know Booker is going to have plenty of nights like this where he's unstoppable but if Warren and Jackson can hit at a consistent clip, Coach Kokoskov could have something really special.

But consecutive 3s by Dallas' Wesley Matthews and Jalen Brunson cut the Suns' lead to 94-90 with seven minutes to play.

The Suns made 19 of 34 3s, seven of nine in the fourth quarter. Last year, Warren was a 22% three-point shooter and attempted just over one three per game.

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