Chris Paul and Damion Lee celebrate in the Phoenix Suns' win over the Dallas Mavericks. Oct 19, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Damion Lee (10) celebrates with guard Chris Paul (3) during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns had a memorable 2022-23 season opener on Wednesday night, erasing a 22-point deficit to take down the Dallas Mavericks 107-105 in a wild finish at Footprint Center.

It was the Suns’ largest comeback win since 2017.

Dallas led 67-45 at one point in the third quarter, and 93-80 with eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Damion Lee — playing in his first game for the Suns after winning an NBA championship in June with the Golden State Warriors — scored 11 points off the bench and made what would serve as the game-winning bucket with 9.7 seconds remaining. Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic — who scored a game-high 35 points — tried a three-pointer for the win but came up short.

Devin Booker led the way in scoring for Phoenix with 28 points, and he tied teammate Chris Paul for a game-high in assists with nine.

A controversial moment came with 1:38 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Suns leading by four, as the officiating crew gave Doncic a very questionable technical foul. Booker made the free throw to give the Suns a five-point lead.

This was the first NBA game for the Suns since the Mavericks walloped them 123-90 in Phoenix in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. So, while this won’t erase the heartbreak and frustration for Phoenix, Wednesday’s win had a revenge element to it.

Here’s a peek at how the NBA world is reacting to the Suns’ comeback win:

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