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Suns’ Booker scores 70 in loss to Celtics


BOSTON—Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night.

Booker joins Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin Baylor as the NBA’s only 70-point scorers. Baylor also held the previous record against the Celtics with 64 — in Minneapolis for the Lakers on Nov. 8, 1959.

The win was Boston’s third straight and avenged a buzzer-beater loss in Phoenix earlier this month.

The rematch was dominated early by the Celtics as they hit eight three-pointers during a 37-point second quarter, leading by as many as 26 at one point.

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