Devin Booker didn’t hold back in his latest battle with the Phoenix Suns’ newest rival.
Booker dropped an absurd 58 points in a 118-114 win over Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Footprint Center on Saturday night. Booker hit 6 3-pointers and shot 21-of-35 from the field in 42 minutes to pass 12,000 career points, making him the sixth-youngest player to reach the milestone. He is also the first player in franchise history with five 50-point games.
The Pelicans led most of the way Saturday and took a 24-point lead midway through the third quarter. But that’s when the Suns turned it on. They closed the third with a 25-6 run that cut the deficit to just five points to start the fourth, completely erasing the Pelicans’ lead.
The Suns finally took the lead again with 5:24 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Chris Paul, their first lead since the opening minutes. From there, the two teams bounced back and forth before taking a late lead while holding the Pelicans to just two points over four minutes to seal the four-point victory.
Outside of Booker, who at one point scored 25 straight for Phoenix, Chris Paul dropped 18 points and eight assists for the Suns. With just 20 seconds left in the game, they also led by six points.
Miles Bridges added 15 points for Phoenix, while Bismack Biyombo finished with 11 points and six rebounds. The Suns have now won two straight after their five-game losing streak, which included two contested games against the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.
Williamson led the Pelicans with 30 points and nine assists in the loss. CJ McCollum scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. The Pelicans have now lost three straight.
“Great players, they get into a rhythm, they do that and you have to raise your fitness level … I just didn’t think we did it aggressively enough to affect it. [Booker]Pelicans coach Willie Green said. via Bally Sports. “A lot of it is Booker, too, so I don’t want to take anything away from him. It’s two, he’s shooting and we’re not more aggressive.”