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Brilliant Booker bags 59 but Suns eclipsed in Utah


By Agence France-Presse

Devin Booker exploded for 59 points on Monday but could not prevent the Phoenix Suns suffering a blowout 125-92 defeat against the Utah Jazz.

Booker’s brilliant half century of points included five three pointers as he drained 19 of 34 field goal attempts at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

The 22-year-old Booker is only the fourth player in NBA history to post multiple 50-point games before his 23rd birthday.

The Suns star joins an elite band of players which includes Rick Barry, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Bookers’ exploits were once again a futile gesture though for Phoenix, who remain anchored to the foot of the Western Conference standings with the second worst record in the league.

Phoenix are bottom with 15 wins and 58 defeats, second only to the hapless New York Knicks, who are propping up the Eastern Conference with just 14 wins and 60 losses.

Utah meanwhile remain firmly in the seeings race in the upper half of the Western Conference, with 44 wins and 30 defeats to move up to fifth place.