PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bradley Beal had a career night, and in the process, he gave the Washington Wizards a morale-boosting rebound victory.
“I’ve been thinking way too much,” Beal said after scoring a career-high 51 points in a 106-92 victory Tuesday night over the Portland Trail Blazers. “Tonight I was just playing freely and having fun.”
Beal made 21 field goals against the Blazers, also a career high, and the Wizards led by as many as 23 points. He hit five 3-pointers. It was the most points ever scored in Portland by an opposing player.
Beal certainly set the tone, coach Scott Brooks said.
“You never go into a game thinking one of your best players or best guards in the league is going to get 50, but he has the ability to get high numbers when he’s aggressive,” Brooks said. “We gave him space to work.”