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Relive the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

Relive the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

With the 2019-20 season on hold due to the coronavirus, we thought it'd be a good time to re-live some of the best moments the Wizards had before the league suspended play.

From January 20 to March 6, Bradley Beal put on one of the best scoring stretches in Wizards history. He scored at least 25 points in 21 consecutive games, good for the longest such streak in franchise history and the longest in the NBA all season, beating out the likes of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Over that 21-game stretch, Beal averaged 36 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 48.6% from the floor and 40.7% from three on nine attempts per game. He only scored less than 30 points five times throughout the course of the streak. 

30+ points: 16 games
40+ points: 6 games
50+ points: 2 games

Oh, and those 50-pieces came on back-to-back nights, which is something nobody in the NBA had done since Kobe Bryant in 2007. 

All-day Sunday, you'll be able to re-live the best games from Beal's streak on NBC Sports Washington. Here's a look at what you can expect. 

When: Sunday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms

9 am -- Pistons @ Wizards from January 20, 2020: Beal starts off his streak by scoring 29 points in a much-needed win over the Pistons. This game also featured Beal crossing center Andre Drummond out of his shoes. 

11:30 am -- Wizards @ Hawks from January 26, 2020: In a trying day for the entire basketball world, Bradley Beal scored 40 points just hours after Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash. 

2 pm -- Mavericks @ Wizards from February 7, 2020: Beal scores 29 and hits the game-winning layup off a perfectly executed pass from Troy Brown Jr. 

4:30 pm -- Wizards @ Bulls from February 23, 2020: Setting a new career-high with 53 points, it's hard to look at Beal as a reason the Wizards lost this one. 

8 pm -- Bucks @ Wizards from February 24, 2020: One night later, Beal sets a career-high again by scoring 55 points in what he described was the most fun game he'd ever played in. 

11:30 pm -- Nets @ Wizards from February 26, 2020: Beal gets the Wizards back on track following a three-game losing streak post All-Star break with a 30-point night against the Nets at home. 

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Redrafting the 2012 NBA Draft: Damian Lillard causes major shakeup at the top

Redrafting the 2012 NBA Draft: Damian Lillard causes major shakeup at the top

The 2012 NBA Draft will be remembered as a class with immense talent at the top, such as Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard, with numerous second-round steals, like Draymond Green, Khris Middleton and Jae Crowder that went on to become All-Stars or steady contributors. 

Eight years later, how would teams pick differently? Would Davis still go No. 1? How high does Green rise?

Let's find out.

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Wizards take Bradley Beal over Draymond Green in 2012 NBA redraft

Wizards take Bradley Beal over Draymond Green in 2012 NBA redraft

Damian Lillard went first to New Orleans, Anthony Davis came off the board at No. 2 to Charlotte, and the Wizards were left with a similar decision they had eight years ago in our 2012 NBA redraft

Bradley Beal was available, but yet so was Draymond Green. Green was passed on 34 times back in 2012 but has since become one of the best defensive players the NBA has ever seen. He was the catalyst for the small-ball movement with his ability to defend every position on the court and handle the ball in transition as a playmaker. 

In 2012, taking Beal may have been the easy choice for the Wizards, but this time? Not so much. 

We still ended up putting Beal down as the Wizards' choice because of his fit next to John Wall and how much more valuable a scorer is to a defensive anchor in today's NBA.

Sure, Green would've helped the Wizards become one of the best defensive teams in the league and led a potent transition attack next to John Wall, but would that really have resulted in more playoff success for Washington?

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With Wall playing as the primary distributor in most offensive sets, the Wizards would've had trouble finding an optimal role for Green on that end unless he developed into a better three-point shooter. Beal is the perfect running-mate for a pass-first player like Wall. He can create his own shot, run off screens, score on cuts and command enough attention from opposing defenses where it creates more driving lanes for Wall. Green just doesn't give you that. 

While Beal holds his own as a defender, Green changed the game with his versatility. Take Green off the Warriors, and they probably don't win a single title unless Kevin Durant makes the same free-agent decision he did in 2016. But you could say the same about Stephen Curry, and at least with Curry the Warriors would still have an evolutionary offensive system. 

Players like Green are essential to winning championships, though you still need to secure scorers like Beal and Curry first if you're going to have any shot at success in the postseason.

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