Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has earned his share of records over the past two nights. Beal became the first player since Kobe Bryant to score 50 or more points on back-to-back nights in the NBA.
Beal scored a career-high 55 points on Monday night in a 137-134 loss to Eastern Conference leader Milwaukee. The Wizards star shot 58 percent from the field hitting 19 of his 33 shots. That included nailing 8-of-13 from behind the 3-point arc.
The 55-point outburst came one night after Beal shot 15-of-27 from the floor and scored 53 points in a 126-117 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Ironically, Bryant, who scored accomplished the same feat on March 22-23, 2007, was honored in a memorial service held in Los Angeles on Monday. Bryant poured in 60 points in a game against Memphis and 50 the following night against New Orleans. The two games were actually the final two of a historic four-game stretch where Bryant scored 50-plus points.
Unlike Bryant though, Beal’s Wizards lost both games. Washington has now lost three straight and is 20-36 on the season. Still, the Wizards sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with the hopes of overtaking eighth-place Orlando.
The Magic (25-32) are currently 3.5 games ahead of the Wizards. The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the postseason.
Beal was not the first player to score 50 points in consecutive games and lose both. Wilt Chamberlain, James Harden, and Devin Booker have all done it, but Beal did become the first player in NBA history to do it on back-to-back nights.
Washington’s leading scorer has scored 40 or more points in nine games this season. The Wizards record in those nine games is just 1-8.