Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal unleashed this season’s first 50 point scoring performance, shooting 21 of 37 from the field and 5-12 from beyond the arc for 51 points. Two other Wizards made it to double figures, with Mike Scott adding 10 points on 5-5 shooting. Kelly Oubre Jr. shot 6-9 from the field and 2-3 from 3 for 14 points to be the team’s second leading scorer. The Wiz played great defensively, totaling 16 steals and 6 blocks which helped them get in transition for easy buckets. They recorded 12 of their 16 steals in the first half, helping them etch out a 14 point lead at the break. They also outscored the Blazers 16-0 in transition.
Beal’s 51 comes as no surprise to Wizards fans, who have seen Beal string together at least 2 consecutive games of 30 or more points 4 different times since the start of last season (according to basketball-reference.com’s Player Streak Finder). He has always had the scoring potential for a game like this, and it is great to see a young player finding his form and delivering big.