Booker went home with a loss after Game 4 of the Finals of the NBA but he also did it with a historical record. The Suns guard surpassed the mark of most points scored in a player’s first playoffs in league history.
With his display against the Bucks, Booker edged out Rick Barry and Julius Erving, the two stumbling blocks that remained in this particular crusade. Dr. J scored 518 in his playoff debut and Barry 521. The one with the Suns already has 532 and he still has at least two more games to play.
Last night it curdled a sensational performance, one that was not worth his team to achieve victory but to earn the respect of the NBA community. He went up to 42 points, scoring 17 of his 28 shots. Only the problems of fouls prevented a major recital.
Booker gave again his best version after a third meeting in which it was horrible. The player himself admitted his guilt but made it clear that it was past water and he showed it last night. Now how undisputed leader of a playoff rookie, will look to put the Suns back ahead next Saturday.