With their win, the Suns avoided a 1-4 start, something the Los Angeles Lakers were not able to do. Despite 29 points from Kobe Bryant, the Lakers lost 95-86 to the Utah Jazz, dropping Los Angeles to 1-4 on the season and to the bottom of the Western Conference.
The Lakers are struggling, but the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks are not. Both teams improved to 4-1 on the season Wednesday. Dallas knocked off Detroit 109-104 while the Heat cruised to an easy 103-73 win against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Los Angeles Clippers manhandled the San Antonio Spurs 106-84, using a 35-21 third quarter to pull away. In a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals which San Antonio swept 4-0, the Clippers had no trouble on this night, shooting 56 percent from the field, outrebounding San Antonio 45-28, and forcing 20 Spurs turnovers.
The complete scoreboard from Wednesday can be found at Sports Illustrated.