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Booker 'took it personally' hearing Suns fans cheering for Westbrook

Booker 'took it personally' hearing Suns fans cheering for Westbrook
Published On: Sat, Apr 08
Feb 6, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker (33) dunks the ball in front of Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker took ownership Friday night. With the home crowd behind Russell Westbrook's pursuit of history, the Suns second-year guard stole the moment, taking over and sending a message.

Late in the fourth quarter, as he dribbled on the left wing, the Talking Stick Resort Arena crowd booed. They wanted a quick shot, giving Westbrook a chance to secure his record-breaking 42nd triple-double of the season.

Finally, Booker stepped back and fired a 22-foot jumper. As it swished, he turned to the fans behind him, yelling "This is my house! This is my house!"

Booker scored 37 points and the Suns denied Westbrook's record pursuit, posting a surprise 120-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,055 itching to see something special. In the end, they did, just not what they expected.

"I'm at my home arena, and you're hearing chants (for) another guy," Booker said. "I actually respect Russell. He brings it each and every night. You can't discredit what he's been doing. I'm sure he's going to get past Oscar (Robertson) for the most triple-doubles, I just didn't want it to be here. I took that personal."

With 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Westbrook fell two assists short of breaking Robertson's record. His assists, however, were enough to ensure that he'll finish his ninth season with a triple-double average, joining Robertson as the only players in NBA history to do so.

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