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Blazers’ opening day margin of victory is the largest in NBA history

Damian Lillard

The Portland Trail Blazers got off on the right foot in a major way in the season opener on Wednesday night with a blowout 124-76 over the Phoenix Suns.

In fact, this impressive win against the Suns set a league record for the largest margin of victory in the season opener.

This mark exceeded the previous NBA record, which was a 44-point loss to the then-Seattle SuperSonics back on April 2, 1988. The Trail Blazers were able to go up by as many as 58 points and led 60-35 at the half all without the services of C.J. McCollum, who served a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation between Suns big man Alex Len and his teammate Caleb Swanigan in the preseason last week.

It was a well-balanced offensive showing from the Trail Blazers that saw them hit 48.9 percent of their attempts from the field and knock down 14 three-pointers in the win. They also had six players in double figures with All-Star guard Damian Lillard scoring 27 points and guard Pat Connaughton recording 24 points.

At the same time, it was a porous offensive team performance from the Suns that saw them shoot 31.5 percent from the field along with hitting 25.9 percent from 3-point range (7-of-27) while veteran guard Eric Bledsoe led the team with 15 points in the loss.

Ultimately, this may serve as a strong basis for the Blazers to build off moving forward early in the 2017-18 regular season.