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BBNBA: The Devin Booker MVP Chants Are Here to Stay

(NBAE | Getty Images)

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Good afternoon, folks. Devin Booker scored 40 points on 19 shots against one of the best defenses in the league. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Booker’s big night in a win over Philly

  • Stop me if you’ve heard me say this over the last two weeks: The Phoenix Suns are actually good (actually, don’t stop me. Don’t EVER stop me). With every passing Suns game, I keep waiting for that moment of self-destruction that overwhelms the franchise in typical Suns-y fashion. And with every passing game, I am delightfully proven wrong. Phoenix earned a 114-109 win over the Philadelphia 76ers (albeit, without Joel Embiid, who was serving game two of his two-game suspension after the Karl-Anthony Towns donnybrook) on Monday night, moving the team’s overall record to 5-2 and tied for the second-best record in the Western Conference.
  • Ricky Rubio posted a 21-point, 10-assist double-double. Aron Baynes continues to shoot like Steph Curry. The Kelly Oubre leap is in motion. But none of it all happens without Booker. The former Wildcat went off for 40 points on 15-19 shooting (!) while going 3-4 from deep. He added four rebounds, three assists, and was a perfect 7-7 from the free-throw line. Booker also eclipsed the 6,000 career point mark, becoming the eighth-youngest player in NBA history to do so. On the season, the fifth-year guard is averaging 26.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and five assists per game on shooting splits of 53.5/50/90.3. The MVP chants he received Monday night were anything but undeserved.

Other notes

  • Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe posted 22 points, nine rebounds, and six assists in a 134-106 blowout win over the KAT-less Minnesota Timberwolves. Towns served the final game of his two-game suspension and should be ready to return against the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday. The Bucks-Wolves game on Monday was actually delayed about 50 minutes prior to tipoff because of a crooked basket. It also gave us this beautiful quote from Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I was making shots,” Antetokounmpo joked. “So I was happy. Once they said the rim is crooked, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s why I was making a lot of shots.’ Yeah, it was disturbing, because everybody was ready to go. We had to wait, like, probably, what was it, an hour?”
  • Willie Cauley-Stein played 15 minutes in the Golden State Warriors surprise win over the Portland Trail Blazers. WCS added 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Warriors, who were led by Villanova rookie Eric Paschall’s stat line of 34 points and 13 rebounds. For the Blazers, Skal Labissiere also played in 15 minutes (starting center Hassan Whiteside made his return after missing the previous game with a minor knee injury), posting four points and five rebounds on 2-8 shooting.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)114-109 W vs. PHI4015-19 (3-4)43013+332
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)134-106 W @ MIN228-14 (1-4)96103+1323
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)127-118 W vs. POR104-5 (0-0)32201+715
Skal Labissiere (POR)118-127 L @ GSW42-8 (0-1)51020+315
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)106-134 L vs. MILDNP-Suspended----------------
John Wall (WAS)115-99 W vs. DETDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)125-135 L @ BKNDNP-Achilles----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Pacers @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)

7:00: Celtics @ Cavaliers (Knight)

7:30: Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Hawks

8:00 (NBATV): Lakers (Davis, Rondo-out) @ Bulls

8:00: Magic @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)

9:00: Heat (Adebayo, Herro) @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR