Breakfast Special: Devin Booker, You Poor, Poor Fool

Devin Booker just had his third 50-point game of his career and his second in as many games Wednesday night in Phoenix.

The Suns lost 124-121 to the Washington Wizards, dropping Booker to 0-3 in his career when he scores at least 50.

Because Booker’s teammates are such a dumpster fire that we get yet another insane box score to gawk at the morning after.

At least this time the Suns got five guys into double figures, but Booker was 19-of-29 shooting…and the rest of the team was 24-of-58 (41,4 percent.)

The only reason this game was even as close as it was came thanks to the Wizards’ terrible (29-of-43) free throw shooting. But when you can miss 14 charity tosses in a game and still win, that speaks more to just how badly your opponent committed to letting you hang around in the contest.

Bradley Beal had 28 points to lead the starters, Jabari Parker added 28 points off the bench, and G-League legend Jordan McRae, who has plenty of highlight reels out there of his first name looking more like his namesake’s last name in the minors, scored 21 in the big leagues to help power a come-from-behind win for Washington.

But dear gods, Booker is going to have to turn into at least Kobe Bryant if not Wilt Chamberlain if the Suns are ever going to win anything.

The Wizards gave us a ton of highlights to choose from, so…y’know what? We’ve got three men of the match!

First, Thomas Bryant, who had 18 points, 19 rebounds, and the game-winner:

Next, McRae, G-League Superhero:

Parker off the bench…

And the Real Deal:

You da real MVP, Wizards social media manager.

#LOLakers

The Lakers lost again, this time with LeBron James on “Load Management”, which would be a great title for a porn video set in a basketball gym. The Utah Jazz beat them 115-100.

Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 9-of-12, Joe Ingles narrowly missed a triple-double with 11 points, 14 assists, and nine boards, Derrick Favors scored 20 on 9-of-13, and the Lakers helpfully obliged their opponents by shooting just 38.1 percent from the field, including a putrid combined 6-of-31 from Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Lance Stephenson.

It cannot be overstated just how utterly awful the Lakers are without LeBron. And they’re not exactly the Warriors with him, either.

And let’s talk the weirdest stat of garbage time: Grayson Allen played two minutes and posted a minus-7 plus/minus as a 22-point lead shrank to the final margin of 15.

Jingles all the way:

Not This Again, Indiana…

The Pacers continue their odd tendency to build double-digit first-half leads on national television then forget how to shoot.

Against the Thunder on ESPN, Indiana got up as many as 10 and led 58-48 with 10:48 to go in the third quarter.

When Tyreke Evans made a driving layup to score Indiana’s 60th point, there was 3:57 showing on the clock…and the Thunder had just gone on a 24-0 run, the Pacers shooting 0-of-13 in the stretch.

And of course Nate McMillan didn’t tweak the lineup until all the momentum plus the lead were gone.

Paul George shredded his old team to the tune of 31 points on 12-of-25 shooting, Steven Adams had 24 points and 12 boards on 11-of-14 against the Pacers’ soft interior defense, and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double (17 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists.)

The Thunder ultimately won 107-99, and PG13 is your man of the match:

Lightning Round!

Enes Kanter has been pressed into the role of starting center with Jusuf Nurkic injured, and the Portland Trail Blazers took the Turk out for a test drive and walloped the Bulls 118-98 in Chicago.

Kanter had 13 points to lead all Portland starters in a game that was over by halftime.

Seth Curry led the bench mob with 20 on 8-of-11 overall and 4-of-7 from three, looking a bit like a lite beer version of his brother.

The Other Curry is your man of the match:

And finally, speaking of the Curry brothers, the Warriors went to Memphis and smoked the Grizzlies like good barbecue, winning 118-103.

Stephen Curry was 6-of-12 from three and 1-of-8 from two-point range (?!) as he scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Warriors shot 53.6 percent from the field and 15-of-31 (48.4 percent) from three, while Memphis shot 39 percent from the field and 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) from three. And surprise, surprise, scoring 15 extra points from three meant that Golden State won by 15. Math is easy sometimes.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant had a monster game, scoring 28 points of his own…on a lights-out 12-of-13 from the field, stealing man of the match honors from his teammate:

Is He Any Good runs on Friday this week. I need a day off. So I’m taking one.

In the meantime, read and enjoy the great features that went up yesterday about Bojan Bogdanovic and Andrew Wiggins. They’re good!

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!