The second day of NBA restart matchups on Friday did not disappoint as many of the games went down-to-the-wire, even two going to overtime.
Among the crazy finishes and wild performances, former UK guards De’Aaron Fox and Devin Booker made their bubble debuts…and they balled out.
Suns guard Devin Booker scored a game-high 27 points in Phoenix’s 125-112 victory over the Washington Wizards, shooting 8/12 from the field and a perfect 9/9 from the free throw line.
Despite another impressive performance by himself, the all-star was most impressed by the team effort in the win over Washington.
“I liked everything,” Booker said after the game. “We were communicating. We played together…and communicated through tough stretches of the game just as much as when we were rolling. So that’s what I love to see.”
Watch Booker putting in work in this highlight video of his 27-point performance:
Raining buckets from Book pic.twitter.com/mfBDTDeixQ
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 31, 2020
Booker and the Suns now sit five games behind eighth-place Memphis with a record of 27-39 after the win last night.
The Sacramento Kings had a different result, losing 129-120 to the San Antonio Spurs in their first game in the bubble. Nonetheless, point guard De’Aaron Fox still showed out, putting up a game-high and NBA career-high 39 points on 17/33 shooting from the floor.
Sacramento Head Coach Luke Walton said after the game that they are putting a lot on the shoulders of Fox knowing just how special of a player he is.
“We put a lot on him, but he shows in games like tonight what he’s capable of,” Walton said.
The former UK guard has been showing off the same quick, shifty moves that he did in college. Here is a highlight video of his great performance in the loss against the Spurs last night:
DeAaron Fox tonight
So shifty 🦊 pic.twitter.com/9eDzSYh69U
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 1, 2020
Chances are you might remember the last time De’Aaron Fox dropped 39 points in a basketball game, as it was in the 2017 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 rematch against UCLA:
Man, what a performance that was.
Due to the loss to San Antonio, Sacramento now sits with a record of 28-37 and 3.5 games behind eighth-seeded Memphis. They next play on Sunday against the Orlando Magic at 6 p.m. eastern time. Also on Sunday, Devin Booker and the Suns will take on the Dallas Mavericks at 9 p.m. eastern time in their second game of the restart.
You can watch Bam Adebayo, Anthony Davis, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and more former Cats today as the NBA continues the restart of the season halted by Covid-19.