Australian Team Upsets NBA's Phoenix Suns In Surprise Preseason Victory
The Phoenix Suns, which had the NBA’s best record during the 2021-22 season, shockingly lost to a team from Down Under during a preseason matchup on Sunday.
The Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League pulled off the 134-124 upset in what marked the first time a non-NBA team beat an NBA team in the preseason since 2016, ESPN reported.
It was only the fifth time in the past decade that an NBA team lost in an international exhibition, according to SB Nation.
The Adelaide squad finished in seventh place among their league’s 10 teams during the 2021-22 season.
Phoenix Suns falls to the Adelaide 36ers at home, 134-124 🤯
Craig Randall II and Robert Franks combined for 67 PTS and 15 3PM
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 3, 2022
The team was led by Robert Franks and Craig Randall II, who formerly played in the G League, the NBA’s minor league. They combined for 67 points in the victory.
Notably, the Suns and the 36ers typically play on different courts: The 36ers normally play with the 3-point line set by the International Basketball Federation (or FIBA), which is 18 inches closer to the basket than the NBA’s 3-point line, ESPN noted.
The Suns’ previous game, which was Game 7 of the conference finals this year, ended in a devastating loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Adelaide finish 24-for-43 (55.8%) from deep vs. PHX. Clearly there has been major roster turnover, but they finished last season at 31.4% on the shorter FIBA 3-point line.
51% of their shot attempts were threes today. Last season 35% of their shots were threes. Worth watching.
— Kane Pitman (@KanePitman) October 3, 2022
Non-NBA teams beating NBA teams since 2012-13:
Adelaide 36ers vs. PHX - 2022-10-02
Real Madrid vs. OKC - 2016-10-03
Fenerbahçe vs. BKN - 2015-10-05
Alba Berlin vs. SA - 2014-10-14
CSKA Moscow vs. MIN - 2013-10-07
Fenerbahçe vs. BOS - 2012-10-05
— 🔥Sp🎃🎃kySZNboye🔥 (@WindowsMeUser) October 3, 2022
Adelaide 36ers tonight: pic.twitter.com/MLTu6Srsws
— 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙩𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚🔥 (@WadexFlash) October 3, 2022
The Adelaide 36ers in the tunnel after the game pic.twitter.com/SM4EZgSjb8
— . (@FieldsSzn69) October 3, 2022
with the Adelaide 36ers coming into this game as 28-point underdogs against the Phoenix Suns, im pretty sure we just witnessed one of if not the greatest NBA ATS upset ever?
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 3, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.