Kevin Durant, Devin Booker third pair of Suns teammates with 30 points each on 60% FG
Kevin Durant and Devin Booker became the third pair of Phoenix Suns teammates to each record 30 points on 60% shooting in the same game, joining Shawn Marion and Amar’e Stoudemire in 2005 against the San Antonio Spurs and Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle in 1993 versus the Los Angeles Clippers.
In Sunday’s 130-126 win over the Dallas Mavericks, Durant logged 37 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one block in 41 minutes of action. Plus, he finished 12-of-17 (70.6%) shooting from the field. Booker amassed 36 points, five boards, 10 assists, and one steal in 40 minutes. The three-time All-Star shot 15-of-25 (60%) from the floor.
Per multiple NBA betting sites, Kevin Durant has sixth-shortest odds to win his third MVP award. Sportsbooks now show the Suns with second-best odds to win this season’s championship, trailing only the Boston Celtics.
Booker and Durant became the 3rd pair of teammates in Suns History to each have 35 point and 60% shooting in the same game, joining Shawn Marion & Amar'e Stoudemire in 2005 against SAS and Kevin Johnson & Dan Majerle in 1993 vs LAC pic.twitter.com/i7JGQ0Wbeu
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 5, 2023
“Nobody’s ever going to retreat when they guard me,” Kevin Durant said. “So sometimes I’ve got to veer off instead of straight-line driving it. I felt like I had a good handle on the ball. Once I had it on my hip, I felt like I was in good position to stop on a dime.”
Phoenix improved to 3-0 with the two-time NBA champ, whereas Dallas dropped to 3-6 since acquiring Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets. Of course, Irving closed out his outing with 30 points, four rebounds, and seven dimes in 37 minutes played.
Kevin Durant, Devin Booker become third pair of Suns teammates to record 30 points on 60% shooting, joining Shawn Marion, Amar’e Stoudemire in 2005 and Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle in 1993
With seconds remaining late in the fourth quarter, Mavs guard Luka Doncic was issued his 14th technical foul of the season, two away from a one-game suspension, after missing the game-tying layup against Booker.
After Kevin Durant grabbed the rebound, Doncic was then shown jawing back and forth with Booker. The Dallas superstar bumped chests with Booker while displaying a comical grin. It was at this point everyone knew Phoenix had won.
"We want to be unpredictable with our attack, but everybody in the world knows the ball is going to go to me or him when we need a basket."
Kevin Durant on playing with Devin Booker as the two combined for 73 in #Suns win over #Mavs. pic.twitter.com/0NqG6zFbmh
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) March 5, 2023
During the postgame interview, Doncic said, “Next time, just don’t wait till three’s three seconds left to talk.” While fans would agree, it all still comes down to bragging rights. Since Dallas lost, it’s best for Mavs players to keep the trash talk down to a minimum.
“You guys say you don’t want everybody to be friendly-friendly, there you go,” Devin Booker said. “We got some smoke.” Kevin Durant and Booker are the first Suns teammates to score 35 or more points in the same game since Booker accomplished this feat with TJ Warren in 2017.
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