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They made it tough for me in the first half, and I tried to get it going. My teammates started finding me, they started setting really good screens for me, and the rest is history.
Suns forward Jared Dudley tweeted a postgame photo of the team celebrating Booker's feat:. Suns coach Earl Watson utilized multiple timeouts and intentionally fouled late in the fourth quarter, which aided Booker's quest for 70 points. While fans at TD Garden embraced his scoring outburst and cheered -- particularly with the Celtics out front by double digits -- Boston players seemed less than enthusiastic about the way the Suns ran up Booker's scoring total.
The Suns called two timeouts in the final 44 seconds, both while trailing by double figures, and committed two fouls in that same span in order to generate extra shots for Booker, who scored five points during that stretch to push him to 70 points. Booker might have pushed his total even higher but missed two shots in the closing seconds. I don't care about being liked. I really don't care, to be honest with you.
We're coming in here, we're trying to build something with this young group. If people don't like us, why we build it, so what? Do something about it.
You got a problem with that? Booker noted how Watson was his player development coach before becoming the Suns' head coach and said he appreciated the way Watson tried to help him.
Asked whether it was weird to celebrate a point game despite losing, Booker offered a poised explanation. And that meant a lot to see my veterans happy. Tyson Chandler cheering me on. Jared Dudley had 10 assists tonight looking for me every time downcourt. It is [weird] sometimes, but you have to see the beauty in it. A comment posted from Celtics forward Jae Crowder 's account and later deleted said, "Never seen so many guys happy after an 'L'.
Asked about jawing with Crowder during the game, Booker said: Crowder's a really good player. He said, I think at the start of the fourth, he said, 'You're not going to get It's kind of hard to explain. I've been in those zones before, but never to this extent. Isaiah Thomas scored 34 points for Boston, which won its third straight and avenged its buzzer-beater loss in Phoenix earlier this month.
The rematch was dominated early by the Celtics, as they hit eight 3-pointers during a point second quarter to grow their lead as high as 26 points. Booker then scored 51 after halftime , including 28 in the final period as his teammates fed him almost every time down the floor.
Coach Earl Watson even used a pair of timeouts in the closing minutes to get him extra touches. As Booker's point total climbed, he even began to get cheers from some Boston fans. The entire display — in particular Phoenix's attempts to prolong the game — tweaked some Celtics players. It is what it is But I mean it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him the most points possible. Hats off to him. He played a hell of a game.