Kentucky basketball is going toe-to-toe with UCLA in the Sweet 16, and while that game is off to a fast start, it doesn’t compare to Devin Booker’s Friday night.
Booker, who played for the Wildcats in 2014-2015, scored an unbelievable 70 points for the Phoenix Suns in a 130-120 loss to the Boston Celtics. More impressively, it wasn’t a skewed high-volume game. Booker took 40 shots, but made 21 of those field goals, a 52.5-percent clip.
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He also went 24-of-26 from the free throw line, adding 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
The second-year player for the Suns came into the game averaging 20.9 points per game. He nearly doubled his career high of 39 points, set twice this year in consecutive games.
Booker joined an elite club who have scored 70 points in a game before.
NBA players who have scored at least 70 in a game:
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Booker was part of Kentucky’s near-undefeated season in 2014-2015. The Wildcats went 38-1 that season, the lone loss coming in the Final Four against Wisconsin. Kentucky currently eyes its 37th Elite 8 appearance and a date with North Carolina on Sunday.
A Wildcats win would probably be the cap to a memorable evening for Devin Booker.
Booker and his teammates also recreated an iconic shot after the performance. And while it isn’t quite Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points, 70 will do.
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