Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns to an impressive Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, matching a wild record from Charles Barkley to do it.
The Suns All-Star finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists, the franchise’s first 40-point triple-double in the last 28 years. But that’s not where the similarities end.
Fun fact: Devin Booker is the first Suns player with a 40-point triple-double since Charles Barkley in 1993.
Funner fact: The Suns won both home games exactly 120-114. pic.twitter.com/dworc0rpgF
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Not only did he virtually match Sir Charles’ Suns mark from nearly three decades ago, which is an impressive feat on its own, but he did it with the team matching the exact same score as the original contest. Imagine the betting payout on that one.
But while that last part is a total coincidence, one more similarity is the fact the Charles Barkley’s mark was also in the Western Conference Finals and in front of Phoenix Suns fans in their home arena. Talk about coming up big when it matters most. The Round Mound of Rebound finished that contest with 43 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assist, with a crazy-efficient 16-for-22 shooting clip and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line.
The Suns eventually won their series in seven games to advance to the NBA Finals, which Devin Booker is hoping to replicate as well. Though Charles Barkley and Co. famously fell to the Chicago Bulls, thankfully for Suns fans there’s no potential GOAT lurking on the other side of the bracket this time around.