Nicolas Batum leads Portland over Phoenix 106-92Posted: Updated:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Nicolas Batum scored 19 points, making three 3-pointers down the stretch, and had 11 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 106-92 season-opening win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
Brandon Roy scored 24 points for the Blazers, who fell to the Suns in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Steve Nash had 26 points for the Suns, who trailed most of the first half before going ahead in the third quarter. Nash's turnaround jumper pushed the lead to 76-71.
Portland tied it at 86 on rookie Armon Johnson's jumper with 8:15 to go. After Andre Miller's jumper, Batum hit a 3-pointer and a jumper to make it 97-91 with 3:14 left.
Batum added two more 3-pointers, including his final one with 22.9 seconds left.