PHOENIX SUNS

Suns’ Devin Booker eclipses 50 points in 3 quarters during win vs. Bulls

Nov 30, 2022, 8:11 PM | Updated: 9:25 pm

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker had quite the encore to his 44-point Monday night against the Sacramento Kings.

On Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls (9-12), Booker scored 16 points in the second quarter and 26 in the third period, finishing the game with 51 points without touching the floor in the fourth quarter. He led the way in a 132-113 Suns (15-6) victory at home.

The “MVP” chants were loud.

Booker last scored 50 points in a game in 2019 and became the fourth player in the NBA to reach the mark this season.

The 26-year-old has reached 50 points four times in his career, although his 70-point performance against the Boston Celtics in 2017 will be tough to ever top.

Booker simply couldn’t miss, as he was 20-for-25 from the field and 6-for-7 from beyond the arc in 31 minutes Wednesday night.

James Harden in 2017 is the only other player over the last 25 years to score 50 points on 80% shooting through three quarters, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Booker also picked up six assists, a couple coming during a dazzling sequence with center Deandre Ayton in the second quarter.

It started with Booker lobbing an alley-oop pass to Ayton, who slammed it down. Booker came off a screen, drawing attention and allowing Ayton to sneak underneath unguarded.

Booker followed that with a jumper on the next possession.

The two somehow topped the three-play sequence, as Booker fed the diving Ayton on a pick-and-roll between two Bulls defenders, and the center threw it down with gusto around the leaping help defender, Coby White.

They looked like the dream version of the duo when Phoenix drafted Ayton No. 1 in 2018, and the Suns went up 64-43 at halftime.

Phoenix outscored Chicago 32-18 in the second quarter.

Ayton put up numbers early in Wednesday’s matchup.

The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week had 11 points in his first five minutes on the floor.

Ayton picked up his seventh straight double-double with 30 points on 18 shots and 16 rebounds.

Phoenix Suns

Kyle Zunic #22 of the Perth Wildcats shoots a layup against Tyler Smith #11 of G League Ignite in t...

Kellan Olson

22 for 22: Do Suns go project route in 2024 NBA Draft with Tyler Smith?

G League Ignite forward Tyler Smith has a combination of size and shooting rarely seen on the first-round bubble of the NBA Draft.

21 hours ago

Tyler Kolek, Marquette point guard...

Ryan Pasiecznik

Point guard Tyler Kolek picked by Suns in For The Win’s NBA mock draft

The Phoenix Suns' point guard problem could be solved in the 2024 NBA Draft if Marquette guard Tyler Kolek is on the board at No. 22.

1 day ago

Bobi Klintman  of the Taipans in action during the round 13 NBL match between Cairns Taipans and Me...

Kellan Olson

22 for 22: Bobi Klintman could be Suns’ big wing in 2024 NBA Draft

If the Phoenix Suns want a bigger wing in the 2024 NBA Draft, Bobi Klintman is a headliner in the back of the first round.

2 days ago

Charles Barkley looks on prior to game three of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Ce...

Kellan Olson

Charles Barkley says next season will be his last on television

Long-time NBA analyst for TNT Charles Barkley revealed on NBA TV Friday night that next season will be his last on television.

2 days ago

Jaime Jaquez Jr. #11 of the Miami Heat is guarded by Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warrior...

Kellan Olson

22 for 22: Can Suns find rare instant contributor in NBA Draft?

There is no doubting the value it would bring the Phoenix Suns to select a player in the NBA Draft who was a long-term part of what they do.

3 days ago

Cam Payne's mug shot after an arrest in Scottsdale...

Arizona Sports

Former Suns PG Cam Payne arrested in Scottsdale for refusing to give identity to police

Former Phoenix Suns point guard Cam Payne was arrested for failing to provide Scottsdale Police officers with his name.

3 days ago

Suns’ Devin Booker eclipses 50 points in 3 quarters during win vs. Bulls