Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Turkish star Türkoğlu scores six in Suns debut

Turkish forward Hidayet “Hedo” Türkoğlu made a slow start to his career with the Phoenix Suns, scoring only six points off a pair of threes in his team’s 106-92 loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
Portland's Nicolas Batum scored 19 points, including three late 3-pointers, and had 11 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers to the victory.
Brandon Roy scored 24 points for the Blazers, who fell to the Suns in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Canadian star Steve Nash had 26 points for the Suns, who trailed most of the first half before going ahead in the third quarter.
Türkoğlu, who spent the summer with the Turkish national team in camps and helped Turkey to second place at the FIBA 2010 World Championship on home soil, was in the starting five and played for 27 minutes.
The 31-year-old Hedo left the Toronto Raptors for the Suns in the off-season following a bitter season with the Canadian NBA team.
In Tuesday’s other game, the Los Angeles Lakers were indebted to bench players Shannon Brown and Steve Blake as they launched their title defense with a nail-biting 112-110 win over the Houston Rockets.

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