The Phoenix Suns lost their preseason opener at home to a hot-shooting Adelaide 36ers team from Australia's National Basketball League 134-124 on Sunday night.
The Suns, whose last game at home was a 33-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals, became the first team to lose a preseason game against a non-NBA team since the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016 against Real Madrid. Current Mavs superstar Luka Doncic played on that Real Madrid team, scoring 3 points in his squad's 142-137 overtime victory against OKC.
The 36ers -- who normally play at the FIBA 3-point line, about 18 inches closer than the NBA's -- shot 24-of-43 from long distance. They were led by Craig Randall, who played briefly at the University of Memphis and then at Tennessee-Martin before a stop in the G League, and Robert Franks, who combined for 67 points and 15 triples between them.
Randall connected on 13 of 21 shots, including 9 of 17 from outside the arc, to lead all scorers with 35 points, and Franks (32 points) was 11-of-20 overall and 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
The Suns, who had the best record in the NBA last season at 64-18, cut into the 36ers' lead in the second half, but couldn't overtake the visitors as Randall scored 24 points after halftime.
The 36ers got off to a fast start behind 3-point shooting in the first half. Adelaide built the first-half lead to as many as 16 by hitting 10 of its first 17 3-pointers.
The Suns were getting to the rim and dominating offensively with Bridges and Ayton. But trading baskets was not to Phoenix's benefit. And Adelaide continued its 3-point shooting touch throughout the game, while the Suns were 9-of-34 from outside the arc.
The Adelaide 36ers finished seventh out of 10 teams in the NBL last season with a 10-18 record.
Adelaide will complete its U.S. tour against Australian star Josh Giddey's Thunder on Friday.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.