Devin Booker, playing like a man without a reduce for an injury-wracked along with lottery-bound Phoenix Suns, turned into a one man show for the ages Monday night, scoring 59 points to become the first player in NBA history with 50 in a game in which his team lost by 30 or longer.
Booker also became the third largest player in NBA history to score 50 in a game in which no more team-mate reached double figures. The Suns fell 125-92 into the sponsor Utah Jazz for their sixth lack in seven games and fourth in a row.
Booker topped his previous season high in 55, place in December in a triple-overtime loss to Washington, and scored the fourth-most points in a NBA game this season. The fourth year shield made five 3 pointers and taken 19-for-34 despite drawing on a couple double teams as the Jazz searched to stop him from reaching 60 points.
Thanks to Booker’s shot making that the Suns were only 14 entering the final quarter.
Beyond Booker, the Suns were lost all the firepower due to injury. The absence of T.J. Warren (averaging 18.0 points), Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), Josh Jackson (11.0) and Tyler Johnson (10.9) forced several players to be aggressive offensively and Booker to carry a heavy load despite plenty of defensive focus.
At the method, Booker reach a dizzying variety of landmarks, including: