Devin Booker has the NBA's individual game of the year

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker's career-high for points in a game at Kentucky was 19, done twice, including once against Kentucky’s Friday night opponent, UCLA.

Booker went way, way, way beyond that on Friday night. He scored 70 points in a loss to the Celtics, the most scored in a game since Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points on the Raptors in 2006.

It also made Booker ...

The youngest player to score at least 60 (or 70) points in a game (age 20).

The record-holder for most points in a game against the Celtics. The previous mark of 64 was set by NBA legend Elgin Baylor for the Lakers during the 1959-60 season.

The record-holder for most points in a game in Suns history, breaking the previous mark of 60 set by Tom Chambers against the SuperSonics 27 years ago to the day.

The sixth different player with a 70-point game. Wilt Chamberlain had six of them. The others are David Robinson, David Thompson, Baylor and Bryant. Booker and Robinson are the only two with at least five rebounds and five assists in a game.

The ninth player with at least 50 points in a game this season -- an NBA-record.

Booker was 21-of-40 from the field. In his previous four games, he combined to shoot 22-of-81 (27 percent) and totaled 68 points.

How he did it

Booker was contested on a majority of his shots of the game, finishing 14-of-28 on contested shots.He shot 9-of-11 on attempts from a teammate’s pass, including 8-of-9 off passes from Tyler Ulis and Jared Dudley.

Booker scored at least one basket against six different Celtics defenders. The only Celtics player who was able to neutralize him? Al Horford, who limited Booker to 0-of-4 shooting as his primary defender.

Booker was able to get open shots before the Celtics half-court defensive setup. He scored a season-high 24 points in transition, 18 more than his season average (5.6).

Elias says:

The Elias Sports Bureau reports that Booker is the first player in NBA history to score 70 in a game without any prior games of at least 40 points. The last player to increase his career-high in points by at least 31 points (as Booker did) in a game that was not his debut was Larry Kenon, who scored 41 points in his second career game on October 27, 1976, for the Spurs against the Suns after scoring 10 points in his debut.