Before breaking down the historical significance of Booker’s game, there’s much more pressing matters at hand.
LOOK AT BRANDON KNIGHT’S ABS.
Those things can’t be real. It’s not a six-pack, it’s an eight-pack. King Leonidas’ Spartans would be jealous of Knight. G.I. Joe wants to know how Knight got that tight. I don’t know how he ever wears a shirt. If I had all eight of those, I would make sure the world saw them every time they saw me.
Another thing about the photo: the NBA posted it on their Instagram account. The Celtics’ Jae Crowder commented, “NEVER SEEN SO MANY GUYS HAPPY AFTER AN L.” Booker replied, “You can’t guard me.”
I’m a bit distracted, so bullet points will have to do.
- Booker’s 70 points are the most ever recorded at the Boston Garden.
- It’s the most points scored in a basketball game since Kobe went for 81 back in 2006.
- To get to 70, he shot the ball 40 times and took 26 free throws.
- 51 of Booker’s 70 points came in the second half. Even more impressive, 35 of his points came in the final 15 minutes of the game.
- He’s only 20. Booker is now the youngest player to score 60 or more, surpassing Jerry West’s mark that was set when West was 23.
- There’s only been 11 games of 70 points or more in the history of the NBA. Six of those games belong to Wilt Chamberlain; the others are from Kobe, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and David Robinson. Neither Jordan or LeBron have ever cracked 70.
- I appreciate this line from The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks: “Watson was calling timeouts and having his team foul while down double digits in the final seconds in order to manufacture extra possessions for Booker to shoot. Somewhere out there, Kobe is crying tears of joy.”
- Kobe was, in fact, pleased, although not crying tears of joy.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 25, 2017
For those who still haven’t seen highlights…