National Basketball Association wrap: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic shine in debuts

Devin Booker is determined to help Deandre Ayton have a more memorable start with the Suns

Devin Booker is determined to help Deandre Ayton have a more memorable start with the Suns

The Suns have won five straight against Dallas, sweeping the series last season for the first time since 1997-98. The number third overall pick Luka Doncic makes his season debut against the top pick in the draft class DeAndre Ayton.

Although it was head coach Igor Kokoskov's first game at the helm, Devin Booker's first bit of National Basketball Association action in 217 days, Deandre Ayton's first National Basketball Association game ever and plenty of players' first time playing in a completely new offense, the Suns looked about as good as anyone could've expected. Devin Booker took commanding control of the game scoring 19 of the Suns final 38 points.

After shipping Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets and not signing a point guard through free agency during the offseason, rookie Elie Okobo is the only other point guard active on the opening night roster, while new Suns guard Jamal Crawford gets adjusted to the team.

Ayton had an excellent debut, logging 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists on eight-of-11 shooting in a 121-100 Suns win.

Overall, the night belonged to another young Suns star, Devin Booker, who scored 35 while hitting six-of-10 3-pointers.

That said, on the defensive end of the floor Ayton has a lot of work to do.

Igor Kokoskov went with the experience in the starting lineup of Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza with T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson coming off the bench.

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. The Suns led the rest of the night. Though the Mavs cut the deficit to 94-90 with seven minutes left in the game, Booker simply would not let the Suns lose.

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