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Bradley Beal's recent scoring surge has him in the company of all-timers

Bradley Beal's recent scoring surge has him in the company of all-timers

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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SEE IT: Wizards' Davis Bertans shows off incredible dunks

SEE IT: Wizards' Davis Bertans shows off incredible dunks

From TikTok dances to pushup challenges, this quarantine has everyone at home trying anything on social media to stay entertained. Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans is a much simpler man -- old fashioned, if you will. 

So on Thursday morning, he partook in a classic social media hashtag: #ThrowbackThursday. The post featured him soaring through the sky for a vicious putback slam while playing for Saski Baskonia.

He's more than just a shooter, you know? 

In the comments section of his post, Bertans' brother Dairis, who plays overseas for Khimki of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague, provided a bit of a dig at Davis' video saying: "Since we can't be on the court and enjoy doing what we love, I guess everyone is posting throwbacks now?"

To which Davis responded, "#FlashbackFriday tomorrow?"

I guess we'll just have to wait and find out.

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Scott Brooks was 'surprised' NBA suspended the season, but commends league for doing the right thing

Scott Brooks was 'surprised' NBA suspended the season, but commends league for doing the right thing

While the world continues to adjust to a new normal in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is commending the NBA for doing the right thing in suspending the remainder of the season.

“Never in my craziest dreams I would ever think the NBA would cancel or suspend the season," Brooks said to The Sports Junkies on Tuesday.

The NBA was the first professional sports league to suspend its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11.

“When Adam [Silver] came out and suspended the season, it opened up a lot of eyes…that this is serious," Brooks said.

Although Brooks never imagined the league suspending the season in any scenario, he commended the NBA Commissioner for making a difficult decision.

“The NBA just doesn’t suspend the season over something very light. It surprised me but it was the right thing to do. I’m proud of being in the NBA, I’m proud of Adam taking the step forward and doing it because obviously it impacts a lot of people," Brooks said.

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Since the suspension of the season, Brooks has been continuously checking in on his players via text message.

“The guys are great, they respond back," Brooks said. "They’re like all of us, we’re bored."

While Brooks "hopes" the NBA's suspended season resumes eventually, he knows health and safety is a priority.

“We have to flatten the curve and do our part and I’m glad we’re taking this serious," Brooks said.

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