Devin Booker, acting like a person without a reduce for an injury-wracked and lottery-bound Phoenix Suns, turned in a oneman show for the ages Monday night, scoring 59 points to become the primary player in NBA history with 50 at a match in which his team lost by 30 or more.
Booker also became the third player in NBA history to score 50 in a match by which no teammate reached double figures since the Suns fell 125-92 to the host Utah Jazz with their first weight loss in seven games and fourth in a row.
Booker topped his previous season high in 55, place in December at a triple-overtime loss to Washington, and scored the fourth-most points at a NBA game this past year. The fourth year shield made five 3 pointers and shot 1-9 to get 3-4 despite drawing a few double teams as the Jazz sought to prevent him from reaching 60 points. He also made 16 of 17 free throws.
Because of Booker’s shot-making the Suns were just down 14 entering the final quarter.
Beyond Booker, the Suns were missing most of the firepower due to injury. T.J. Warren (18.0 points), Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2),” Josh Jackson (11.0) and Tyler Johnson (10.9) driven some players to be more aggressive offensively and Booker to transport huge load despite plenty of defensive consideration.
From the process, Booker hit a dizzying array of landmarks:
Information from ESPN’s Stats & Information,” Elias Sports Bureau and The Associated Press was used in this report.