No one in NBA history has scored more points during their playoff debut than Devin Booker.
During Wednesday night’s Game 4 outing of the 2021 NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks, Booker was nearly unstoppable for the Suns, exploding for 42 points on 17-28 shooting from the floor. In the process, the former Wildcat set the NBA record for most points in a player’s first-ever postseason run with 542 points, passing Hall of Famers Rick Barry (521 points in 15 games) and Julius Erving (518 points in 19 games) along the way.
Unfortunately, the Bucks were able to take the win 109-103 as the series is knotted up 2-2.
Through 20 playoff games thus far, in which the Suns have gone 14-6, Booker has averaged 27.1 points and 40.0 minutes per outing on shooting splits of 44.6/33.3/90.6.
— NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2021
Booker has been in the league for six seasons now, but this is the first time his Suns team has so much as posted a winning record, finishing as the second-best squad in the Western Conference at 51-21.
Although it came in a losing effort, the 24-year-old was spectacular on Wednesday, dropping 20 first-half points before running off 18 (on a perfect 7-7 shooting) in the third quarter alone. Had he not been forced to sit the opening six minutes of the fourth quarter due to foul trouble, he likely would have ended up with more than his final total of 42.
In the postgame interview, Booker refused to brag on himself for setting the record, instead expressing his frustration with losing a pivotal Game 4 that tied the series up.
“It doesn’t matter at all,” Booker said. “I said that after last game, too, when I struggled shooting it. The main objective is to win the game. So anything that goes on throughout the game, it doesn’t matter, for real.”
The series flips back to Phoenix for Game 5 in what will be a must-win for both teams. Tune in Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. EST on ABC to catch the action.