Devin Booker scores 58 as Suns erase 24-point deficit to beat Pelicans


Devin Booker scored 58 points Saturday night to carry the Suns out of a 24-point hole versus the Pelicans and complete the comeback, winning 118-114. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Booker’s outburst came on 21-of-35 shooting, including 6-of-12 from 3.
  • This marks Booker’s second 50-point game of the season and the fifth of his career.
  • The Suns trailed New Orleans by 24 with seven minutes to play in the third quarter before closing the quarter on a 26-6 run.


New Orleans and Phoenix have now split their season series at two games apiece in what has suddenly become one of the NBA’s most exciting rivalries. The Pelicans beat the Suns twice earlier this month, including the game in which Zion Williamson jammed home a windmill dunk as the clock expired, igniting a shoving match between players.

Booker missed the last game between the two teams and made up for lost time Saturday, scoring 22 points on 13 shots in the first half and finishing even stronger in the second.

With the effort, Booker reached the 12,000 career point mark, becoming the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to reach the milestone.

Sending a message in the budding rivalry

Booker’s 58-point explosion was the most an opponent has ever scored against New Orleans in franchise history and another great chapter in the growing rivalry between the Suns and the Pelicans. Booker clearly wanted to send a message after sitting out the last time these two teams played. — Guillory

Are the Pelicans skidding?

This also goes down as the Pels’ third straight loss and the fourth in their last five road games. With Milwaukee coming to New Orleans on Monday, it won’t get any easier for the Pels to end their longest losing streak of the season. — Guillory

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