Devin Booker Joins Elite NBA Group with 50-Point Average Over Three Games

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker joins an elite group of NBA players, becoming one of only five in the last 50 years to average at least 50 points per game over a three-game span, placing him alongside legends like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, James Harden, and Damian Lillard.
‣ Despite Booker’s personal success and scoring achievements, including a season-high 62 points in one game, the Suns struggled as a team, going 1-2 in the three games where Booker scored a total of 152 points.
‣ Booker’s performance this season has been noteworthy, with career highs in points, assists, and minutes per game, as well as shooting percentages, yet NBA betting sites list him with only the eighth-best odds to win MVP, trailing behind players like Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jayson Tatum.

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Devin Booker, the Phoenix Suns’ shining star, has etched his name alongside legends. He’s now one of only five players in NBA history to average a staggering 50 points per game over a three-game span. Imagine that! The list reads like a who’s who of basketball royalty: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Damian Lillard, and now, Booker. What a lineup!

Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ legend, still tops the chart with an eye-watering 58.3 points-per-game average back in March 2007. And who could forget his jaw-dropping 81 points against the Raptors in 2006? Jordan isn’t far behind, boasting a 54.7 average in April ’87. These numbers are the stuff of legends.

Now, onto the betting odds. Booker’s on fire, but he’s still ranked eighth for MVP this season. It seems the sportsbooks have more faith in Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jayson Tatum. But, hey, who doesn’t love an underdog story?

Oh, and here’s a juicy tidbit from Twitter: Booker has amassed 152 points over his last three games. That’s 50.7 points per game! This isn’t his first rodeo, though. It’s the second time he’s hit this milestone. In the past 50 years, it’s just been him, MJ, Kobe, Lillard, and Harden who’ve managed this feat. Talk about elite company.

Last Wednesday, Booker was on fire in Dallas, dropping 46 points. Then, he outdid himself with a season-high 62 points at Indiana on Friday. By Sunday, he added another 44 points at Orlando to his tally. And guess what? He shot over 59% from the field in each of these games. Talk about consistency.

But here’s the kicker: despite Booker’s heroics, the Suns only managed a 1-2 record in those games. Even with Booker’s 29 points in the first quarter against the Pacers, they still faced a heartbreaking 133-131 loss. It just goes to show, basketball is a team sport.

Booker’s not just making waves; he’s creating a tsunami. With a 50.7-point average over his last three games, he’s the talk of the town. This three-time All-Star isn’t new to breaking records, either. He’s now the 12th player since the 1996-97 season to score 29 or more points in a single period. And in that game against Indiana? He finished with 62 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two blocks. Talk about filling the stat sheet.

His shooting was off the charts, too. Booker hit 22-of-37 from the field, 6-of-12 from three, and 12-of-13 at the foul line. And get this: he leads the NBA this season with the most 20-point quarters. Four times he’s done that.

This season marks his second 50-point game and the seventh in his nine-year career. Remember his career-high 70 points at Boston in 2017? Or the 52 points at New Orleans this January? The man’s a scoring machine.

But here’s a bittersweet stat: Booker is the third player in NBA history to score 60+ points in multiple losses. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan have shared that dubious honor. It’s a reminder of how cruel sports can be.

In their last game against Orlando, the Suns fell apart in the fourth quarter. They were outscored 31-13 and went over eight minutes without a field goal. Booker, despite his earlier heroics, was held to just two points in the fourth. He chalked it up to Orlando’s physical play. “They just reverted to being extra physical,” he said, hoping the refs wouldn’t catch every foul.

So far this season, Booker’s been on a tear. He’s averaging career highs in points, assists, and minutes per game. And his shooting percentages? Also career highs. The man’s not just on fire; he’s a blazing inferno.

But let’s not forget, at the end of the day, it’s all about the team. Booker’s individual achievements are jaw-dropping, but basketball’s a team sport. Here’s hoping the Suns can harness his incredible talent and translate it into more wins. Because, let’s face it, a talent like Booker’s is a rare gem in the NBA.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

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