The Phoenix Suns didn't take long into their 2011-12 season to roll off a horrible game. Maybe it's rust from the lockout or maybe this team is truly awful. Whatever it was on Wednesday night in Phoenix was barely worth watching as the Suns fell to 0-2 with the blowout loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Suns started flat offensively but hung with the young and talented Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a solid defensive effort. Eventually, however, that failed too and the Suns found themselves down 48-34 at the half.
Then things went bad.
The Sixers started the third quarter with a 19-0 run and held the Suns scoreless for nearly six full minutes. By the time a contested Shannon Brown pull-up jumper broke the drought, Phoenix was down 69-36.
Philadelphia, coached by Doug Collins who Alvin Gentry called one of his closest friends, let off the gas a bit and Phoenix managed to score 20 in the quarter but they also gave up 32.
The fourth quarter went about as expected with one team leading the other by 26 points. The 76ers cruised home to the victory.
Steve Nash had a horrible game, finishing with four points, four fouls, one assist, and six turnovers in 17 minutes. Hakim Warrick, who didn't play in the first game of the season, finished with 14 points but as is usually the case was a liability on the glass. Ronnie Price played well off the bench behind Nash, he had a team-high 16 points along with four assists and a steal.
The 76ers got balanced scoring with six players in double figures. Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, and Thaddeus Young all had 15 points.