As the Wizards' one-man show this season, Bradley Beal has achieved a number of personal and franchise milestones already this season. On Sunday night in Chicago, he added two more to his resume.
First came the 25-point streak. Entering the game, Beal had been on a tear scoring the ball and had a career-high 13-game streak of 25-point performances.
It didn't take Beal long to get to 25, extending his streak to 14 games with a tough finish through contact.
Beal now has the second-longest streak of 25-point games in the NBA this season, surpassing Giannis Antetokounmpo (13), and now only trails James Harden (19).
Shortly thereafter, Beal etched his name higher on the Wizards' all-time scoring list. He needed 34 points to move past Jeff Malone for second place in franchise history for points.
Beal managed to get there with two unceremonious free throws, but his recent scoring surge has been sparked by his relentlessness attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line.
How Beal passed Jeff Malone on the Wizards' all-time scoring list👇👇 pic.twitter.com/r0QQyWnmBO— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) February 24, 2020
Next up, Elvin Hayes.
The Wizards needed a furious comeback to even get close to the Bulls in the second half, so Beal took it upon himself to score just about every point for Washington down the stretch.
In doing that, he notched his eighth 40-point game this season, breaking the career-high he set last year for 40-pieces.
🗣️ AND-1!!!! pic.twitter.com/g2dXJrYbwE— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 24, 2020
Only Harden (19) and Trae Young (10) have more 40-point games this season. He'll need nine more to set the franchise record.
And wait, there's more!
53 points for Bradley Beal tonight, a new career-high👀 pic.twitter.com/XoYLQfiJiW— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) February 24, 2020
Beal set a new career-high for total points scored in a game, putting in 53 points on 15-of-27 from the field, 5-of-11 from three and 18-of-20 from the free-throw line.
As the Wizards' inconsistencies this season may as well prevent them from a playoff spot, the one constant fans can enjoy on a nightly basis is Beal's production scoring the ball.
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