Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There are very few chances to witness something special when it comes to sports. It could be the chance to see your very first World Series victory, or it could be seeing a player have a career night and his team fall short two nights in a row… tonight was the later. But damn, if Beal isn’t one of the best players in the NBA, then I am not sure how else to describe him.
After getting back to D.C at 1:30am last night from a awful loss to the Bulls on the road, Beal didn’t do much differently when he came to work today, except after overtime was complete, he had set another career record of 55 points, the first player to do it in back to back nights since Kobe in 2007 on 2/24.. Yea that happened and fans were there to witness it tonight. Too bad it was another loss the Wizards needed if they are going to try and track for the final playoff spot in the East.
Some had left the Wizards for dead going into the fourth quarter when Middleton helped the Bucks to a 14-2 run. At his point it looked as if the momentum had swung totally in favor of the Bucks, that is when Beal and Napier took over.
Washington rallied and Napier’s four-point play made it 102-93 with 9:29 left in the game, and his layup soon pulled the Wizards within seven. Middleton scored four straight points to push the lead back to double figures, but Beal scored 17 straight Wizards points and his 3 made it 119-116 with 2:15 left.
Beal was able to work his magic without Giannis in the game as he fouled out before the overtime period started.
The Wizards rallied from 17 points down to take a 123-121 lead on Beal’s 3 with 1:01 remaining.
“It’s another tough night for Brad. I don’t know what else we could have done to get the W tonight,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks. “There were a few calls that could have gone our way, but they didn’t tonight.”
Washington will return to the hardwood to face Brooklyn on Wednesday night before heading back out on the road starting with Utah on Friday night.