Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker dropped 70 points on the Boston Celtics on Friday night (March 24), making history in the process.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 20-year-old became the youngest player in NBA history to score 60 points or more in a game, breaking the previous record held by Jerry West, who passed the threshold at 23 years old during the 1961-62 season.
It was a Suns franchise record for most points in a game. And, he’s also become the sixth player in league history to score at least 70 points in a game, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and David Robinson. At 20 years and 145 days, he’s the third youngest to record a 50-point game, behind Brandon Jennings and LeBron James.
Booker, playing in his second NBA season, also put on the highest-scoring game since Kobe Bryant scored 81 against the Toronto Raptors in January 2006.
The 70-point performance was also a Suns franchise record for most points scored in a single game.
If you’ve haven’t been following Booker, this season he’s averaging 21.6 a game for the Suns.