The game was a microcosm of the season thus far. Bradley Beal went off and poured in 47 points. And the Washington Wizards lost by 18.
In the process, Beal set an unwanted NBA record with his latest scoring outburst in a 124-106 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. The Wizards have now lost 10 consecutive games when Beal scores at least 40 points. Beal is the first player in NBA history to lose 10 in a row while scoring 40 or more, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Beal passed the previous mark set by Walt Bellamy in 1961-62 for the Chicago Packers, the franchise that soon after moved to Baltimore and later Washington and became the Wizards.
He surpassed Walt Bellamy, who lost 9 straight in 1961-62 pic.twitter.com/dbjo15D7TY
Beal shot 17-of-37 from the field overall, 6-of-14 from 3-point range and 7-of-7 on free throws Wednesday. But like many games this season, Beal got little support. Garrison Mathews was the Wizards' next highest scorer with 15 points. Robin Lopez was the only other Washington player in double figures with 14 points.
After averaging a career-high 30.5 points per game last season, Beal has taken his game to even greater heights this year. He entered Wednesday averaging a league-leading 34.4 points per game and bumped that up to 35.4 with his effort against the Pelicans.
Despite Beal's offensive output, the Wizards have stumbled to a 3-11 record, a slow start that has led to intensified trade rumors around Beal. His wife expressed her frustration after Wednesday's game, posting on Twitter: "Sick of it."
Sick of it
Beal has maintained that he wants to stay in Washington, and the team insists it has no intention of trading him. However, speculation will only grow with more games like Wednesday.
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Bradley Beal is averaing a league-leading 35.4 points per game. (Photo: Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports)
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