Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was on fire Friday night and dropped 70 points against the Boston Celtics in a 130-120 loss.
At 20 years old, Booker is the youngest player to accomplish the feat and only the 6th player in NBA history to hit the 70 mark. Crazy thing is, he only hit four from behind the arc! Hitting the 70 mark, you would expect a player to hit a ton of threes but what made up for lack of threes was the fact Booker was sent to the line a lot – a WHOLE lot.
Booker ended the game with 28 points in the first half and 51 in the second half while ending 24-of-26 from the free throw line. Yep, the youngster was granted 26 attempts from the line and this total number of attempts is matched his attempts in his previous six games combined.
Okay, it sounds like the zebras may have been a little extra generous to Booker but nonetheless hitting 70 is a historic moment and no matter how you get there, it’s worthy of humungous kudos.
And kudos came pouring in through social media as the event was unfolding. Even former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, one of the past six NBA players to score 70 in one game jumped on board with a congratulatory Tweet.
Booker joins the league’s elite 70 list of Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and David Robinson. He finished the game hitting 21-of-40 shots (4-of-11 were 3-pointers) and 24-of-26 from the line while adding 6 assists and 8 rebounds.