On Friday night, Phoenix Suns 20-year-old star guard Devin Booker took his game to a level that only five other NBA players ever have. He simply took over for a completely injury-riddled team, dropping an unreal 70 points against the Boston Celtics.
While the Suns, who are looking at having one of the best chances of winning the 2017 NBA draft lottery couldn't get the win (a 130-120 loss) his impressive was still up there with one of the best in history. To make matters even more incredible, Booker tallied his 70 points on 52.5 percent shooting from the field, while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists.
Booker joins elite company, but exactly how elite is it? Let's take a look at the five other players who have hit the 70-point mark in their career.
Wilt Chamberlain (6 times) - 100, 78, 73 (twice), 72, 71 points
Honestly, there are so many single games that deserve attention from Wilt Chamberlain, that we'd be here for a while breaking them down. But, when you do something like score 100 points in a game, that's going to be the focus, and rightfully so.
Chamberlain dropped the 100 points on March 2, 1962, while taking a whopping 63 field goal attempts. He also grabbed 25 rebounds and to make it even sweeter? His team won this game 169-147.
Kobe Bryant - 81 points
Kobe's game against the Toronto Raptors has been well-documented. During the 2005-06 season, Kobe averaged more than 35 points per game but topped it off with a performance for the ages on January 22. He had 55 points in the 2nd half of the game alone, finishing up with 81 total.
Bryant shot 28-of-46 from the field, and his team went on to win 122-104. The Lakers star has had his fair share of incredible games, but none of them rival what he did on this night in Toronto.
David Thompson - 73 points
Thompson brought the heat on April 9, 1978, against the Detroit Pistons. Unfortunately, like Booker and his Suns, it wasn't quite enough in the end. Thompson's Denver Nuggets fell 139-137 on this night, but that doesn't change how impressive a 73-point performance is.
Thompson made 28 field goals and went 17-of-20 from the free throw line en route to his incredible night. Any player who's scored the third-most points in a single game in NBA history deserves a lot of love.
David Robinson - 71 points
The Admiral himself makes his way onto the list, with one of the best and most interesting 70-plus point scoring performances. He dropped the 71 points on April 24, 1994, and did so in the San Antonio Spurs' season finale.
The best part of all? His huge performance helped him edge out Shaquille O'Neal for the 1994 scoring title. He shot 26-of-41 from the field during the 112-97 win over the Clippers. In the end, Robinson's scoring average for the season finished at 29.8 points, while Shaq's was a still-superb 29.3.
Elgin Baylor - 71 points
Bringing it back to November 15, 1960, Baylor put on a performance to remember in a 123-108 victory over the Lakers over the New York Knicks. Baylor topped the 70-point mark with 28 field goals and going 15-of-19 from the free throw line.
When Baylor put up the 71 points, it was the highest ever in the history of the NBA. As you can see, Chamberlain went on to break that record and post some incredible numbers. Even still, Baylor was the first to ever do it, making it even more special.News Now - Sport News