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Suns star Devin Booker cements legendary status with 5 crazy records in Game 1 win vs. Clippers

Suns, Devin Booker

If there were any concerns whether Devin Booker can lead the Phoenix Suns alone in the Western Conference Finals, all those were erased with his epic Game 1 performance against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Booker did not only fill the void left by the absence of Chris Paul on the offensive end, but he was also a pest for the Clippers from all over the court. He finished with an insane triple-double of 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Suns to a 120-14 victory for the 1-0 lead.

In the process, Booker also set several records to join a few elites who have achieved such feats–including LeBron James,  Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among others.

For one, he became one of the youngest players to record a 40-point triple-double in the playoffs. The Suns’ guard is also among three players who did it before turning 25, joining Robertson and Luka Doncic.

Additionally, per ESPN Stats & Info, Devin Booker is only the fifth player in the past 60 NBA seasons to have their first career triple-double in the Conference Finals or later. Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Jerry Lucas and Bill Russell were the first ones to do it–which speaks volume on how special his latest milestone is.

The Suns’ scorer, moreover, is also only the sixth player in NBA history to record multiple 40-point games in his first career playoffs. It is an elite group that is composed of LeBron, Luka, wilt Chamberlain, Bob McAdoo and Rick Barry.

As for the Suns franchise, the playoff triple-double is a special achievement as well. After all, he is now part of an exclusive club that features Phoenix legends Steve Nash, Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd and Penny Hardaway.

Making things even more amazing, Devin Booker is the first Suns player with a 40-point triple-double since Charles Barkley in 1993. The funny fact? When Chuck did it in 1993, Phoenix was at home and won by the same scoreline of 120-114.

Booker is yet to reach the peak of his career, but there is no doubt  he has already become a legend with an opportunity to add more to his legacy.