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Suns’ Devin Booker scores most points in a 20-plus-point loss since 1978

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Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker had a vintage performance against the Utah Jazz. Unfortunately, it was to no avail; his team was ultimately blown out.

Booker registered 59 points in the Suns’ 125-92 loss to the Jazz. According to Stats by STATS, it is the most points scored in a 20-point loss since George Gervin dropped 63 back in 1978:

Booker’s 59 points tonight are the most in a loss by 20+ points since the Spurs’ George Gervin had 63 points in a 153-132 loss to the New Orleans Jazz on April 9, 1978.

This may not have been the type of category Devin Booker wanted to be a part of. Regardless, it is still an impressive individual feat nonetheless. The fact that he was still able to find his rhythm despite Phoenix’s shoddy performance is both a sign of encouragement and a cause for concern.

Booker has proven more than capable of going off on any given night. He has firmly established himself as one of the brightest young scorers in the league. He has solidified that notion with multiple stellar scoring performances this season. Despite Utah’s best efforts, he still managed to go 19 for 34 from the field while surpassing his previous season-high mark of 55 points.

Although the Suns can take solace in the fact that Booker is a bonafide scorer, they still must find a way to assemble a better supporting cast to lighten the load for him. Though the fourth-year guard is able to score at will on a nightly basis, it is clearly not a recipe for winning in Phoenix — not by itself.