Here are some notes and numbers to put Bradley Beal's historic 51-point game against the Portland Trail Blazers into perspective...
--Bradley Beal's 51 points were a career-high. His previous best was 42 points, set back on Nov. 21, 2016 at home against the Phoenix Suns.
--Beal set a record for most points by an opponent playing at the Portland Trail Blazers. He beat out Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 49 points at the Rose Garden back in 1972. Beal now also owns the Moda Center record for a visitor, edging out Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry who had 47 points in 2013 and 2014.
--Beal has scored 40 points or more six times in his career now and all of those games have been in the last year and 15 days. In that span, he is tied for the fourth-most 40-point games. The only guys ahead of him are Russell Westbrook (16), James Harden (12) and DeMar DeRozan (7). Beal has more than Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and many other great scorers.
--To get to 51 points, Beal took 37 shots. Beal is one of only six players in Wizards/Bullets history to attempt at least 37 field goals. He had the most since Gilbert Arenas took 37 against the Suns in 2006. The franchise record is 39 attempts held by Earl Monroe and Walt Bellamy.
--Beal's 37 attempts were more than any other NBA player in a game this season. But before anyone criticizes the shot volume, Beal shot 56.8 percent which is quite good. Only 28 times in NBA history has a player taken 37 shots or more and shot 56 percent or better. The last was Bryant in 2007 when he scored 65 points at home against... the Blazers.
--Those are some great names to be associated with and the same is the case for Wizards/Bullets players to reach 50 points in a game. Nine different guys have done it including Arenas, Monroe, Michael Jordan, John Wall, Phil Chenier, Bernard King, Moses Malone and Tracy Murray.
--There is some eery symmetry in three of those games, as pointed out by the Washington Wizards. Beal's 51 points came in a game n Dec. 5, 2017. Wall's 52 points last year were on Dec. 6, 2016. Chenier's 53 points happened on Dec. 6, 1972. What an odd coincidence. Keep this in mind next year.
--Beal is the third player to hit the 50-point mark this season. Harden had 56 points against the Jazz on Nov. 5 and James dropped 57 on the Wizards on Nov. 3.
Stats via Basketball Reference
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