Move over, James Harden. There's a new king of the 25-point streak in town.
On Wednesday night in Portland, Bradley Beal notched his 20th consecutive game scoring at least 25 points, which is now the longest such stretch in the NBA this season. Over the past few weeks, Beal has passed the likes of Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook, while setting the Wizards' franchise record for a 25-point game streak along the way.
Trailing in the second half against the Blazers, Shabazz Napier found Beal on the break for an easy layup to secure the streak.
Bradley Beal reaches 25+ points for the 20TH STRAIGHT GAME, breaking a tie with James Harden for the longest streak this season! pic.twitter.com/rJ3akZJJMM— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 5, 2020
But wait, there's more. Only three players in the last 10 years have held a 25-point game streak for 20 games or longer. Harden last season (40) and Kevin Durant in 2014 (41). Both players were in the MVP conversation when they went on their own 40-game tears, while Beal is still fighting for an All-NBA selection at season's end.
He still has a long way to go to surpass Harden and Durant's marks, and there just so happens to be exactly enough games left in the season for Beal to tie Durant's 41. In the meantime, here are a few all-time greats who Beal can pass as the year wraps up.
Tracy McGrady: 20
LeBron James: 21
Elgin Baylor: 24
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 25
Allen Iverson: 27
Rick Barry: 29
Bob McAdoo: 32
Michael Jordan: 40
In case you were wondering, the all-time record was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1961, when he scored 25-plus points in 106 consecutive games.
So it'd probably be a tad unfair to expect Beal to reach that, right?
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