The Phoenix Suns have scorched the Brisbane Bullets in the final exhibition clash between NBL and NBA teams in the US.
The Suns, led by 20-year-old sensation Devin Booker, jumped to a 25-point first quarter lead and were never threatened in their 114-93 victory on Friday.
The first quarter deficit was a killer for the Bullets.
The Australian team outscored the Suns 81-76 in the final three quarters, but the horror start took its toll.
“We appreciate the guys coming out and getting us prepared for the coming season,” Suns forward Josh Jackson, who had nine points and seven rebounds, said.
“I think we played good today but could have played better.”
The Bullets were led by guard Travis Trice’s 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The NBL squad went into the game inspired by Melbourne United’s thrilling one-point loss to the NBA’s star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
The Suns, however, jumped on the Bullets from the opening tip.
Booker took the ball down the court and tossed it back to power forward Marquese Chriss who sank a three-pointer just seven seconds into the game.
Booker, a former University of Kentucky standout playing his second year in the NBA, had 31 points including five three-pointers.
The opening NBL-NBA game on October 2 was also lopsided with the Utah Jazz downing the Sydney Kings 108-84 in Salt Lake City.
The Bullets fly back to play the Cairns Taipans in Brisbane on Friday and the Suns have their first regular season NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.