Devin Booker became the sixth player in history to score 70 or more on March 25, 2017. At just 20 years old he became the youngest member of the club, and the five other guys are all current or future Hall of Famers. Nice company.
Booker should have many more years to top his 70-point performance, which ties for the 10th-highest in NBA history. See who's ahead of him on the list — we bet you already know the top two.
T10. Devin Booker, 70, Suns @ Celtics (3/24/17)
Stats: 21-40 FG, 24-26 FT, 4-11 3pt, 8 reb, 6 ast
Result: L, 130-120
Booker set a Suns record for most points in a game, and a Celtics record for most scored against them. And he did it in the Garden. At 20 years old. TWENTY!
That said, the Suns lost and not everyone was impressed with the way they fouled at the end to get more chances for Booker to add to his historic night.
"I've never seen nothing like that, chasing those numbers, but it is what it is," Isaiah Thomas told reporters. "We're headed to the playoffs and they're headed to the lottery."
Go figure: Of the six games in which Chamberlain scored 70 or more, his team lost three.
T4. David Thompson, 73, Nuggets vs. Pistons (4/9/78)
Stats: 28-38 FG, 17-20 FT
Result: L, 139-137
Believe it or not, this season-ending performance wasn't enough to win Thompson the scoring title. George Gervin finished with 63 points in the Spurs' season finale to clip Thompson by .07 points for the title, 27.22 to 27.15, in the closest race in NBA history.
T4. Wilt Chamberlain, 73, Warriors at Knicks (11/16/62)
Stats: 29-43 FG, 15-19 FT
Result: W, 127-111
Less than two weeks after he scored 72 at the Lakers, he topped that performance in a win at Madison Square Garden.
T4. Wilt Chamberlain, 73, Warriors vs. Packers (1/13/62)
Stats: 29-48 FG, 15-25 FT
Result: W, 135-117
Incredibly, Chamberlain followed this with a 62-point performance against the Celtics the next night.
No one managed even 50 points in back-to-back games for 22 years until Bernard King did it in 1984.
3. Wilt Chamberlain, 78, Warriors vs. Lakers (12/8/61)
Stats: 31-62 FG, 16-31 FT, 63 MP
Result: L, 151-147, 3OT
Chamberlain was just warming up — he scored 50 or more in seven straight games from Dec. 16-29.
Just a few months later, Chamberlain topped this incredible effort — and did it in regulation.
The Lakers, who were working their way back to a championship level with the return of Phil Jackson, needed every one of Bryant's points to beat Toronto. Jackson even said of the performance, "it's not exactly the way you want to have a team win a game."
1. Wilt Chamberlain, 100, Warriors vs. Knicks (3/2/62)
Stats: 36-63 FG, 28-32 FT
Result: W, 169-147
Though he was just a 51 percent free-throw shooter in his career, Chamberlain made 28 of 32 from the line on this night.
Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points that season and played 3,882 of a possible 3,890 minutes.
“I’m glad I wrote ‘100’ on a piece of paper for Wilt to hold up after the game for The Associated Press photographer," Harvey Pollack, the Philadelphia 76ers’ longtime Director of Statistical Information told the team's website, "because otherwise, I’m not so sure people to this day would believe he actually scored 100.”