PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns opened the 2012-2013 NBA season hosting the Golden State Warriors at U.S. Airways Center.
The Warriors jumped out to a 48-42 halftime lead, but Suns point guard Goran Dragic led Phoenix in a comeback in the third. Dragic finished the game with 17 points, as the Suns outscored the Warriors 25-17 in the third.
Luis Scola, the other former Houston Rocket, added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Jared Dudley put up 11. Marcin Gortat and P.J. Tucker added 10 each, but this game came down to the final seven seconds.
With seven seconds to play and the Suns down by three, Dragic hit a free throw and the Suns pulled within two with 4.4 seconds to play.
Stephen Curry then got fouled on the ensuing in-bounds play, but he missed both free throws. The Suns grabbed the rebound and raced down the court, but the final shot missed and the Suns fell to the Warriors, 87-85.
Carl Landry led Golden State with 17 while Klay Thompson added 16.
The Suns are now 23-22 in opening night games, with a 14-7 record at home on opening night.
Phoenix takes on Detroit Friday night in Phoenix before heading out to the East Coast where they’ll face Orlando, Miami and Charlotte, before returning home to host the Cavaliers next Friday night, November 9th.
Let’s face it, this is a brand new team in Phoenix, so our expectations need to be a little more reserved than if we had a Steve Nash led team returning.
The Suns are carrying a 15 man roster for the first time since 2005, and nine of those players are new to Phoenix.
Patience may be the word this season for Suns fans, especially when you considered how the NBA is a “star” driven league and the Suns simply don’t have any “stars” on the roster. They have a number of young guys who have the potential to one day turn into a “star” but let’s face it, they’re not there yet!
The Vegas odds makers have the over-under on Suns wins this season at around 33, so with that in mind, don’t get too upset when the ball doesn’t bounce our way.
Patience, patience, patience! The word of the season for the Suns.
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