Devin Booker scored a game-high 28 points as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 86-73 in the Las Vegas Summer League opener for both teams Saturday.
The 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Kentucky, Booker was 11-for-21 from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range, with eight rebounds and six assists as the Suns went wire to wire, leading by as many as 18 in the second half.
It was also teammate Tyler Ulis’ pro debut. The fellow ex-Cat had 11 points, seven assists, three steals and just one turnover as a starter for the Suns.
Phoenix (1-0) held Portland to 37.1 percent shooting from the field and had 18 assists to the Blazers’ eight.
Russ Smith (Louisville) scored nine of his 11 points off the bench in the first quarter to help alleviate a 1-for-8 start from the field for the Trail Blazers.
▪ Trey Lyles also poured in 28 points on 7 of 16 shooting to lead all scorers in the Utah Jazz’s 88-73 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former Wildcat also had two steals, an assist and five rebounds in 33 minutes as a starter.
▪ DeAndre Liggins came off the bench to score eight points and pull down three rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 79-73 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
▪ Jamal Murray had six points on 2-for-11 shooting to go with four assists and six rebounds as the Denver Nuggets throttled Memphis and Andrew Harrison 106-62. Harrison had six points, a block and three assists for the Grizzlies.
Friday: Skal Labissiere had seven points, two blocks and eight rebounds off the bench in his NBA debut on Friday, when his Sacramento Kings fell 88-47 to the Toronto Raptors. Teammate Willie Cauley-Stein added seven points and five rebounds.