The first Friday night of the new NBA season has come and gone, and with it came slew of matchups across the league. One of the more high-profile ones saw the Brooklyn Nets visit the Philadelphia 76ers. There were so many storylines heading in, with many centering around who wasn’t there, but in the end, it was Kevin Durant that stole the headlines. The forward did a little bit of everything very well in leading his Nets to a 114-109 road win, scoring 29 points while collecting 15 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists as well. The triple-double propelled his team as they overcame a deficit heading into the fourth and final quarter of action.
That got the Nets to 1-1 on the season as well, so the milestone of the first one is out of the way. The same can’t be said for the Los Angeles Lakers, however, as they will be forced to wait until at least the third game of the new season in order to claim their first victory as they fell 115-105 on their home floor to the Phoenix Suns on Friday evening. The Suns, beaten NBA finalists last season, shouldn’t be surprising anyone at this stage with this win, and it was more of the same for them this go-around. The guards led them in their win, with both Chris Paul (23 points and 14 assists) and Devin Booker (22 points) providing solid, consistent offense. LeBron James had 25 on the other side while Anthony Davis dropped 22 while grabbing 14 boards in the defeat. Once again, chemistry issues were hinted at when Dwight Howard and Davis got into it on the court. Whether or not this is a theme that will keep up remains to be seen, but the Lakers will definitely want to start winning sooner than later to get the questions away from it.