With the Sweet 16 in full effect and Shaq being honored by the Los Angeles Lakers, the spotlight was all on Devin Booker. He had things rolling in his Friday night matchup against the Boston Celtics. Booker dropped a remarkable 70 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. He was 21-40 from the field, 4-11 from three and 24-26 from the free throw line.
This performance put Booker in an elite class with some of the NBA’s best. Devin Booker broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 62 points being scored in TD Garden. The 70 point outing was the 11th in NBA history and even the fans of Boston recognized what was being accomplished.
“That meant a lot, especially here in Boston. I know how rowdy they can be on opponents sometimes. I respect that. That’s how it should be,” he said. “It’s a night I’m going to remember the rest of my life.”
Devin Booker at the age of 20 became the youngest player to score at least 60 points in a game and it was the highest single-game performance since Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game.
Despite Booker’s big night, the Boston Celtics stilled pulled through with a 130-120 victory. They were led by Isaiah Thomas who had 34 points and 7 assists. The Celtics weren’t amused by the big performance and the “chasing numbers” strategy of the Phoenix Suns. All they cared about was the victory.