It appears as if the Phoenix Suns have been on somewhat of a record-setting mood as of late. Only one day removed from setting the NBA record for the youngest combined age of a starting line-up, and one of their players set a new NBA record for the youngest player to ever score 70 points in a game.
That player is second-year guard Devin Booker… he’s 20 years old.
Going up against the Boston Celtics, who are currently the 11th-ranked defense in the NBA, Booker boasted a ridiculous 70 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals, while shooting 21-40 from the field and 24-26 from the charity stripe.
Somehow, only 12 of those 70 points came from beyond the arc.
Booker now becomes the youngest player in NBA history to have ever scored 70, or even 60, points in a single game, the most points ever scored by Suns player in a game, as well as the most points scored by a single player against the Boston Celtics.
His performance also sets a new scoring high for any player this season, surpassing Klay Thompson’s 60-point effort in December, and it marks the most points scored by a player in a single game since Kobe Bryant’s infamous 81-point performance against the Toronto Raptors in 2006.
Booker also unfortunately become only the third player to have ever scored 70 points in a losing effort as the Suns fell to the Celtics, 120-130. David Thompson and Wilt Chamberlain are the only other two to do so (Chamberlain did it three times for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors).
Booker spoke with the NBATV GameTime crew on his accomplishment:
“It’s hard for me to gather all of this right now.”
That’s about as expected from a young man who just fought his way into the NBA history books. Big ups Booker, you earned it!