Bradley Beal posted his second straight 30-plus point performance on Monday night and in the process he made history.
With a layup midway through the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors, Brad became the 149th player in NBA history to eclipse 15,000 career points.
He is just the second player to score 15,000 points in Washington franchise history and now trails Elvin Hayes (15,551 points) by just over 500 points for the franchise points record.
“It’s a blessing to be in that, to reach that accomplishment,” Brad said after the game. “Wish we would’ve won. But I’ve still got more basketball to play. It’s definitely cool to check it off, but I’m still going.”
Offense wasn’t the issue for the Wizards in the 135-126 loss. Brad had 33 points, the third time in the last four games he has eclipsed 30 points. He made 13-of-23 shots and Washington shot 60 percent from the field and nearly 43 percent from deep as a team. Kristaps Porzingis added 34 points on 12-of-16.
But Washington couldn’t stop the Warriors, who shot 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from three in the win. The Wizards watched an early double-digit lead melt away in the second quarter, when they were outscored 42-27 by the defending champs to go down by five at halftime.
Golden State pushed the lead to 20 in the third, a hole that was simply too big for D.C. to climb out of.
“We just didn’t guard, that’s why we lost,” Brad said. “We have to guard. Scoring wasn’t the problem tonight….It’s just a matter of us getting stops. We can be better at getting stops and that helps our offense be better, because when they get their defense set, they’re one of the best defensive teams in the league. We just have to be better on the defensive end.”
The Wizards have a chance to erase the memory of Monday’s loss real quick as they head to Portland for the second half of a back-to-back on Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on NBC Sports-Washington.