Watch Devin Booker drop 51 points in 3 quarters, Suns rout Bulls


PHOENIX (AP) – Devin Booker made the Chicago Bulls pay for a mediocre defense with a pair of early mid-range shots. Then he did a few more. And a few more.

All of a sudden it was one of those nights for the Suns all-star quarterback.

“It was like a double ring,” Booker said. “If I get up, he will come in.”

In just three quarters, Booker scored a season-high 51 points. Deandre Ayton scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Phoenix extended its winning streak to six games with a 132–113 victory on Wednesday night.

Booker scored 25 points in the first half and another 26 points in a superb third quarter in which he made 10 of 11 shots. After a controversial 3-pointer blasted through the net, “MVP! The best player!” chants erupted at the Footprint Center and the 26-year-old is certainly doing business at the start of the season.

“It’s the best,” Booker said of the home crowd. “I don’t know how many sell-outs in a row, but it’s impressive. Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, no matter what day of the week it is. They come and go.”

The two-time All-Star made an interception late in Game 3 before rushing down the court and dunking to 50 and 51 points. He added six assists and four rebounds.

“A guy like that gets into a rhythm and it’s too late.” Bulls the guard. Zach Lavin said. “He’ll make it, and it’s all over.”

Booker didn’t play in the fourth quarter, and the Suns were in the lead.

Even more remarkable than Booker’s overall score was his efficiency. He shot 20 of 25 from the field, 6 of 7 from three-point range. He is the second player in the last 25 years to score 50 points and 80% in the first three quarters of a game. James Harden in 2017, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

“There’s not a level where he can’t score,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “He can play with both hands, he can score with a punch to the face and he’s ready to take a big hit.”

It was Booker’s second consecutive 40-point game. He had 44 points in the win in Sacramento on Monday night. The Suns have a Western Conference best of 15-6 and have won 12 of their 13 home games.

The Bulls struggled defensively all night, especially against Booker and Ayton. Chicago Coach Billy Donovan was especially annoyed in the third quarter, angrily calling a timeout after Phoenix hit a couple of easy balls.

DeMar DeRozan led Chicago with 29 points. Zach Lavigne added 21.

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