The 20-year-old Booker joined the exclusive club tonight in the Suns’ 130-120 loss to the Celtics. Booker shot 21-40 from the floor, 24-26 from the line and 4-11 of three-point range. He played 45 minutes and had 8 rebounds and 6 assists. He scored 51 in the second half. His 70 points is the most in a single game since Bryant had 81 back in 2006. No active player in the NBA has scored more than Booker in a single game.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 25, 2017
It’s both a franchise record for the Suns and the most points that have ever been scored against the Celtics and the most points ever scored in Boston.
Watch highlights of Booker’s historic game in the video above.
DeRozan scored 42 on Tuesday against the Bulls. The last Raptor to score 40 in back-to-back games was Vince Carter.
Kyle Lowry <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.2.1/72×72/1f602.png" alt="
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 24, 2017
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In the third quarter of Denver’s 126-113 win over the visiting Cavs, Nikola Jokic backed down LeBron James to the paint and scored.
As usual, the Joker made it look easy.
The Joker backs down LeBron to the paint and scores. <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.2.1/72×72/1f440.png" alt="
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 23, 2017
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I have watched the replay of my man @sergeibaka_7 fight
— Bismack Biyombo (@bismackbiyombo) March 22, 2017
Bebe walking past Ibaka scrum: "What's up Mike Tyson?" JV: "Way to fight Serge"
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 22, 2017
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka got ejected for throwing punches at each other.
Brook Lopez says he's pulling for Ibaka in the grudge match. pic.twitter.com/IojTobIF8k
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) March 22, 2017
Until Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls owned the Toronto Raptors for reasons beyond all understanding. In the recent past, the Raptors have been the (much) better basketball team but, for whatever reason, the Bulls have dominated on-court match-ups against Toronto in compiling 11 consecutive victories. On this night, however, some of that frustration appeared to boil over, as Toronto big man Serge Ibaka and Chicago big man Robin Lopez got into a scuffle that included haymakers being thrown in both directions.
The incident occurred with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter and, after a lengthy review, both Ibaka and Lopez were ejected from the game. At the time, the Bulls led by a shocking score of 88-72 on the road in Toronto and the incident seemed to stem from an awkward box-out during a converted basket from Chicago’s Jimmy Butler.
In the arena, there was an audible rise in intensity that was evident even from the ESPN broadcast and those in attendance felt it.
Beyond that, there were plenty of reactions from the internet, including some love for Ibaka as a genuinely tough man.
And, hilariously, Ibaka appeared to “connect” with Lopez’s much-ballyhooed hair.
Further punishment will almost certainly be in the works for one or both players, simply because on-court incidents to this degree are very rare in today’s NBA. Just who was more at fault for the scuffle is up for debate, at least to some degree, but it is always wild to see full-blown punches being traded on an NBA floor and this is easily the most significant brawl of the season to date. The Raptors would go on to complete an epic comeback to tear down the 11-game wall built by Chicago in the series but, even with that in mind, the lasting takeaway will be punches flying between two starting big men.