Nuggets swat Suns to seize resounding opening-night victory

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Aaron Gordon soared like gravity was optional, and the Nuggets did something they failed to do last postseason.
PHOENIX –

On opening night, in front of a rowdy Phoenix crowd, the Nuggets swatted the Suns. Denver's 110-98 win erased some of the pain of last year's 4-0 sweep, and set the tone for a season filled with expectations.

When Gordon erased Devin Booker's layup attempt with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter, Denver's bench authored an all-time reaction. As the ball flew well over their heads, the Nuggets' bench mob put their hands to their faces to see how far it had traveled.

Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr. and Gordon did everything they could to exorcise last season's demons. Jokic paced the team with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Porter added 15 points and six rebounds. His five assists tied a career-high. Will Barton looked spry, offering 20 points, six rebounds and five assists of his own.

It was an all-encompassing win and one that silenced what should've been an electric crowd. The Nuggets' home opener comes Friday against San Antonio.

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