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Sport Bradley Beal becomes first NBA player to score 50 points on back-to-back nights since Kobe Bryant

17:10  25 february  2020
17:10  25 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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In doing so, Beal became the first NBA player to score 50 -plus points on consecutive nights since Bryant back in 2007. He is also just the sixth NBA player to ever achieve such a feat, joining Wilt Chamberlain (multiple), Elgin Baylor (1962), Bernard King (1984), Michael Jordan (1987) and Bryant .

Beal 1 st since Kobe to score 50 two nights in row. Beal also became the first Wizards player in franchise history to score 50 in consecutive games. Since the franchise rebranded as the Wizards in 1997, only Michael Jordan had scored even 45 points in back - to - back games for Washington.

On the day the basketball world gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, Bradley Beal did something no NBA player has done since the "Black Mamba" himself.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Nick Wass Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Washington Wizards guard scored a career-high 55 points, although the Milwaukee Bucks won 137-134 on Monday in overtime. The previous night, in a loss to the Chicago Bulls, Beal poured in 53.

No NBA player had scored 50 points in back-to-back nights since Bryant did it with 60 against the Memphis Grizzlies and 50 against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 22-23, 2007; those two performances made it four straight games with 50 or more points for Bryant.

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According to ESPN Stats & Information, Beal is the first player to score 50 points on consecutive days since Kobe Bryant also did it on both nights The Wizards rallied from 17 points down to take a 123-121 lead on Beal 's 3 with 1 :01 remaining. Eric Bledsoe’s free throws tied it and after a miss by

Beal became the first player since Bryant in March of 2007 to record 50 points in two-consecutive contests. Beal scored a career-high 55 on Monday night in They won only 42 games and lost in five games in the first round of the playoffs. After Monday's three- point loss, Beal 's Wizards (20-36) sit

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"Oh man, that’s crazy," Beal said. "Didn’t know that. That’s who Kobe was. That was his drive and that ceremony today just brought the feeling, the tears all back again."

"I was just locked in and I just was having fun. Probably the most fun game I’ve ever played in."

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In doing so, Beal became the first NBA player to score 50 -plus points on consecutive nights since Bryant back in 2007. 4:14. Bradley Beal put up his second 50 -plus game in succession but the Washington Wizards still fell to an overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Wizards guard is also

NBA players have combined for 18 games of 50 or more points this season, which is tied for third Washington's Bradley Beal became the 10th player to make this year's list when he scored 53 in a So one more 50 -plus night this season will become the third all-time. Perhaps there is no reaching

Beal became the first player in franchise history to have back-to-back 50-point games and moved into fourth place on the Wizards' all-time field goals list (4,071). According to ESPN, Beal joined Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker as the only players in NBA history score 50 points in back-to-back games and lose both (Beal became the first to have it happen on consecutive nights).

Bryant's tragic passing has led to Beal discovering a different perspective about basketball.

"It's not about how many points I've scored, it's not about how many All-Star Games I make, it's not about how many All-NBA teams I make because at the end of the day, when I'm gone from here, you guys aren't going to remember that, nor are you going to care," Beal said. "And I feel like that's how we feel with Kobe. So, you know, I feel like the impact that you leave on others and your teammates and everybody around you is what's most important. So I think that's what I take to heart the most and carry that for the rest of my life."

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Bradley Beal has been on a tear all season long but continues to come up short. Since then, he's done everything he can to lift the Wizards to a playoff-calibre level, but his team continues to Another career night for Bradley Beal ! He pours in 55 points against Milwaukee to become the first player

To close out the night , Devin Booker scored 50 points for the second straight game in the Suns' narrow loss to the Wizards, while Joe Ingles notched a near triple-double The Phoenix Suns shooting guard scored 50 points on Wednesday against the Wizards, becoming the youngest player in NBA

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