Today in Sports History: March 24

On this day in 2017, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns scored 70 points in a 130-120 loss to the Boston Celtics. Booker shot 21-for-40 overall and was 24-for-26 on free throws. 51 of his points came in the second half, as Booker did his best to try and help the Suns rally from a 26-point deficit. The 13th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker has established himself as one of the league’s young stars. Booker is an elite playmaker and scorer, making it difficult for opponents to predict his moves. Although Booker has yet to take the Suns to the playoffs, he has been the team’s leading scorer for the past five seasons. The Suns narrowly missed the NBA playoffs in 2020, Booker averaged 30.5 points and helped the Suns go 8-0 in the NBA bubble. This season, Booker is averaging 25.1 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.7 rebounds. The Suns are currently second in the Western Conference standings with a 26-12 record halfway through the regular season. Bookerโ€™s other accolades include NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016), NBA Three-Point Contest champion, and 2x NBA All-Star.ย 

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