In the Wizards' 121-132 defeat to the Trail Blazers, Bradley Beal was again the silver lining.
With his 37-point performance on Tuesday night, he posted his 16th consecutive game with 25 points or more since the start of the season, tying Michael Jordan's start to the 1988-89 season.
That isn't bad company for Beal to keep, especially considering the fact that Jordan went on to lead the league in scoring that year.
The mark is the most by any NBA player to start a season since the 1985-86 season. Wilt Chamberlin holds the all-time record by hitting 25 in all 80 games of the 1961-62 season.
Beal's elite performances have been all but overshadowed by the Wizards' poor start to the season. Despite leading the league in scoring, the two-time NBA All-Star didn't even recieve a nomination for January's Player of the Month award.
The Wizards have failed to convert Beal's MVP-caliber numbers into victories this year. Coming into Tuesday night's matchup with the Trail Blazers, he was averaging 34.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.
With the loss to Portland, the Wizards dropped to 4-13, putting them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with the worst record in the league.
Beal might be able to take some solace in the fact that the 1988-89 Bulls struggled at the beginning of that season as well and were able to turn things around and make a run in the playoffs.
With this latest defeat, the Wizards capped off their homestead in Capital One Arena. When they travel to Miami to meet the Heat on Wednesday, Beal will have the opportunity to pass the NBA legend and hopefully bring the Wizards a much-needed victory.