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.
It was a big night for three Celtics veterans. Rondo had 18 points and 14 assists, Kevin Garnett finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Paul Pierce had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
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.