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Last night at Ovechkin's 700th goal ceremony, his wife and son were proudly by his side. While we know that the couple is expecting their second child, we hadn't yet heard the story behind their engagement.
Alex Ovechkin first met his now-wife, Nastya, in 2008 at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. They met at one of the events, exchanged phone numbers and became fast friends. After the Olympics, Ovechkin went to Washington to play for the Capitals and Nastya returned to Russia. The two eventually lost touch after Nastya lost her phone.
Five years later the two reconnected and eventually, Ovechkin invited Nastya to come to Washington, to which she accepted.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Nastya told the story of their engagement.
One day while she was in the shower with shampoo in her hair, she heard frantic knocks on the door.
“I was like, ‘What! Do you understand I am just …’ and he didn’t stop so I was like, ‘Oh my gosh’ and I got a towel and I opened the door and he is on one knee with the flowers and with the ring. At first when I opened the door I thought I would kill him. Can you imagine you were in the shower and then you need to get out … oh my god. Why you couldn’t just wait? He said ‘No, no, no, I wanted to right now’” said Nastya per The Washington Post.
In 2016 they went to Russia to sign their marriage certificate and a year later they held their ceremonial wedding ceremony. The Ovechkins have a one-year-old son, Sergei, and are expecting another child.
The wins haven't been there for the Wizards, but over the last 15 games, Bradley Beal has played the best basketball of his career.
He has the second-longest streak of 25-point games (15) this season, recently set a new career-high for 30-point games in a season (25) and just dropped 50 points on back-to-back nights. The last player to do that? Kobe Bryant.
Beal is averaging 36.7 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.8 rebounds to go along with 49.5/36.4/86.2 shooting splits. He didn't make the All-Star game, but Beal is making a serious push for an All-NBA selection at the end of the season.
But just how impressive is it? How does Beal's recent surge stack up against the best players in the NBA this season and former greats of the game?
At this point in the season, only two players have averaged as many points as Beal in a 15-game stretch: James Harden and Damian Lillard, two of the best high-usage scorers in the league.
Let's forget about averages for a moment. Over the 15-game span in question, Beal has scored a total of 550 points, the highest total in franchise history since Walt Bellamy in 1963-64. Bellamy owns the top four totals in Wizards history, so Beal's stretch comes in at fifth. To be in the same sentence as a Hall-of-Famer, though? Huge accomplishment.
Changing gears, it's time to talk about these 50-pieces Beal is growing accustomed to lately. Entering Wednesday night's game with Brooklyn, Beal's coming off two straight 50-point games. If he were to get 50 again, he'd be in the company of some all-timers.
Last five players to score 50 points in three straight games
Kobe Bryant: 4 (2007)
Michael Jordan: 3 (1987)
Wilt Chamberlain: 3 (1963)
Elgin Baylor: 3 (1962)
Wilt Chamberlain: 3 (1962)
If Beal is going to get to three-straight games of 50-plus points, he'll probably have to have a few more monster fourth quarters. He already put up a 22-point fourth quarter on Monday against Milwaukee and a 21-point fourth against Chicago on Sunday.
His explosion against the Bucks marks the fourth-highest scoring fourth quarter in the NBA this season. Zach LaVine, Jordan Clarkson and Coby White are the only players with more believe it or not.
To put it in context with Wizards history, the 22-point fourth ranks as the fourth-highest scoring quarter for a Wizard since 1998, and if we're talking about the highest-scoring fourth quarters in Wizards history, Beal would own the top three.
Beal has shown no signs of slowing down in this ruthless revenge tour he's putting opposing defenses through since he was snubbed from the All-Star game. It'd be nice for the Wizards to get a few more wins as they push for the last playoff spot in the East, but for now, Washington fans can sit back and enjoy the show.
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