Elgin. Wilt. Kobe.
That’s the kind of company Devin Booker will be in the same breath as when it comes to single-game performances. Om Friday night, Booker scored as a career-high 70 points in the Suns’ 130-120 loss to the Celtics in Boston. He finished the game 21-of-40 from the field, including 24-of-26 shooting from the charity stripe.
The 21-year-old former Wildcat is the first NBA player to reach 70 points since Kobe dropped 81 in the 2005-06 season. Booker is tied with Wilt Chamberlain for 10th on the all-time single-game scoring list.
Only Chamberlain (100), Kobe (81), David Thompson (73) and Elgin Baylor (71) have ever scored more in one game.
Booker’s 70 points are the most ever recorded at the Boston Garden. 51 of his points came in the second half. He is now the youngest NBA player to ever score 60+ points, passing Jerry West’s mark that was set when the Hall-of-Famer was 23.
Here are the highlights of Booker’s historic night in 60 seconds:
After the win, Booker joined the NBA Gametime crew to talk about his historic performance: