On this date exactly a year ago, Devin Booker scored 70 points in a game vs Boston Celtics. Before Devin, the last player who achieved such a thing in a Suns uniform, was non other than Tom Chambers, exactly 27 years apart.
Imagine a Suns player breaking a franchise record for points in a game during a 50+ win, Western Conference finalist season, and winning the game as well. That’s what happened when Tom Chambers torched the Seattle SuperSonics for 60 points on March 24, 1990 in a 121-95 win.
Chambers scored 21 of the Suns’ 29 first quarter points and then the first 18 for the team in the 2nd quarter. At half-time he had a team record 15 field goals and 35 points. He finished the game with 60 points on 22-32 shooting, picking up 16 points from the line and attempting zero three-point shots in a late regular season game against the Seattle SuperSonics.
“That’s what we expect from Tom every night,” said Suns guard Kevin Johnson. “When he gets his game going like that, it’s impossible to stop him.” For those thinking this was a fluke game, in the previous month, Chambers scored 56 against the Warriors and had back to back 40 points games (44 + 41). I also forgot to mention that he was playing with a pulled hamstring in this game.
This was the best season in a career which earned Chambers 4 All-Star berths and a spot in the Suns Ring of Honor. He averaged 27.2 points and 7 rebounds per game with a 20.9 PER and 11.2 win shares. In addition to his 60 point game, he notched single game totals of 41, 40, 40, 56, 44 and 41 in 89-90.
To date it's one of the greatest performances in Phoenix Sun history.