Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal had himself a game on Wednesday night against the 76ers. Unfortunately, his big-time contributions didn’t pay off in the end.
By halftime on Wednesday, Beal already accounted for 32 of the Wizards’ 67 points. Despite having his way with Philly’s defense, the Sixers still had a notable double-digit lead going into the half.
However, that didn’t discourage the veteran guard. In the third-quarter, Beal continued to play like a possessed man on the court and took advantage of the Sixers’ lack of adjustments on defense.
Knowing he was the hot hand of the night, the Wizards allowed Beal to play the entire third quarter, and it paid off as he knocked down eight total field goals, three of them being three-pointers, and he went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line for a total of 25 points in the third quarter alone.
By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Beal had surpassed his career-high with 60 points. While he helped Washington worry the 76ers as they climbed back into the picture, it wasn’t enough, as Philly wrapped the night up with another win over the Wizards.
“I’m pissed off,” Beal said following the loss. “I’m mad. I don’t count [them]. Any of my career highs, they’ve been in losses. So I don’t give a damn. You can throw it right out the window with the other two or three I’ve had. I just want to win. Sometimes you might be able to score 40, 50, 60, whatever the case may be, but I just want to win, whatever that looks like. We came up a little bit short tonight.”
It’s hard to blame Beal for his frustrations. While personal achievements should always feel good, it’s difficult to be happy about losing another game and advancing to 2-6 on the year.