The Wizards may have dropped to 2-7 on the season with a 140-133 loss to the Celtics Wednesday night, but it's safe to say Bradley Beal's performance had nothing to do with the unfavorable result. If it weren't for Beal, Washington may have lost by much, much more.
Beal finished with 44 points, five rebounds and six assists on 17-27 shooting (4-6 from three), which was good for his 14th career 40-point game. According to Chase Hughes, only Gilbert Arenas (28) and Walt Bellamy (23) have more 40-point nights in Wizards history.
With John Wall sidelined for probably all of this season and rookie Rui Hachimura still finding his place in the league, Beal might finish the year with many more of these performances.
With nine games under his belt this season, Beal is now averaging 28.1 points and 6.4 assists while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from three. The high volume of shots is certainly a reason for the lower percentages, but Beal is an elite shooter. Once his efficiency starts to go up, it's not out of the question for him to flirt with a 30-point scoring average.
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