John Wall is out with a knee injury, so Bradley Beal outscored Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum by himself during the Washington Wizards' 106-92 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Tuesday.
Beal finished with 51 points on 21-of-37 shooting, outdueling Lillard (30 points) and McCollum (14 points).
Twitter naturally reacted to the head-turning performance, and his team pointed out the Florida product poured in a career high:
According to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, Beal found himself alongside impressive company:
He certainly caught the eye of teammate Sheldon Mac and Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper:
The showing was a drastic difference for Beal compared to his recent stretch when he scored less than 12 points in three of Washington's previous four games.
Hughes highlighted the turnaround:
Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington put the bounce-back effort into simple terms:
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com had a different way of describing Beal's night:
Beal did most of his damage in the third quarter Tuesday and helped the Wizards maintain control and set up a relatively stress-free fourth:
While most were in awe of Beal's performance, Dan Devine of Yahoo Sports pointed out Portland's defense did some fans a favor:
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Beal and the Wizards are now 13-11 and tied with the Indiana Pacers for the No. 7 seed in the early Eastern Conference playoff picture. They are still looking to establish sustained momentum, but Beal's performance could spark them during a softer portion of the schedule.
If Beal performs like he did Tuesday. Washington figures to win all three.