NBA Throwback on This Day: Devin Booker and His Explosive Night Against the Boston Celtics

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Today marks a very special day for Phoenix Suns’ 23-year-old guard Devin Booker. He made his mark in history three years ago today, that no one can, or should, forget.

Devin Booker: That 70 scorer

On March 24, 2017, the Phoenix Suns played against the Boston Celtics. 21-year-old Booker made history by giving a fire performance on the court.

The Boston Celtics received 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns by 130-120 on Friday night. Boston took advantage of a catastrophic shooting start by the Suns to build an early cushion.

The Suns missed their first 13 shots from the floor, until Booker finally hit the first field goal for Phoenix on a layup. With 4 minutes 40 seconds left in the first quarter, Booker got into his rhythm.

Even though the Suns lost to the Celtics, it was a night to remember.

Booker scored an extravagant 70 points, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to reach that total. Booker joined Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson, and Elgin Baylor as the NBA’s six only 70-point scorers.

While the Celtics emerged victorious with a 130-120 win, Booker provided a glimpse of his potential with one of the best individual efforts one would witness all season. Here’s a look at Booker’s stats that night.

Devin Booker Stats vs. Celtics
PTS REB AST STL FG 3PT FT MIN
70 8 6 3 21-40 4-11 24-26 45

No one else on the Suns team scored more than 11 points, with Alex Len and Leandro Barbosa the only players in double figures.

Booker’s play that night

Booker played 45 of possible 48 minutes. He shot 21-of-40 from the field and an almost-perfect 24-of-26 from the free-throw line. He also recorded eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

The Suns’ star scored 51 of his 70 in the second half, in an attempt to carry the Suns to victory. However, they ultimately fell short.

Booker became the youngest player ever to score 60+ points. The feat made him the first to score 70 points after Kobe Bryant scored 81 points on January 22, 2006. He showed everyone that he was absolute all-star material by finishing the season with averages of 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Booker went on to recreate the famous Wilt Chamberlain pose after the game:

     

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