The All-Star starter also made sure to put Josh Okogie in his place after the game.
"It definitely fueled a fire up under me...He started chirping and saying that he didn’t foul me, or doesn't foul me, and that was just mind-boggling to me because I feel like the only way he can guard me is by fouling," Beal told reporters after the game.
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“He started chirping and saying he didn’t foul me … and that was just mind-boggling to me because I feel like the only way he can guard me is by fouling. I kinda took it personal.” Bradley Beal on Josh Okogie trash-talking him. The All-Star dropped 17 in the quarter after ♨️ https://t.co/lH6PoaP2Zm
Beal and Okogie got into a verbal sparring match in the third quarter when officials called the young Timberwolves guard for a foul on a Beal drive to the basket. Okogie took exception to the call, leading to a short back-and-forth.
Beal then went off for 17 points as part of a 44-point third quarter for the Wizards, telling NBC Sports Washington that his scoring outburst was Okogie's "fault."
The Wizards, an early-season punching bag as Beal's frustration grew to the point trade rumors became rampant, are seemingly in the process of turning things around. They're only percentage points behind the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 11 spot in the Eastern Conference, and both teams are 1.5 games out of the final play-in spot.
Beal is averaging 32.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists to spearhead the effort, while Russell Westbrook has been stellar of late after a slow start.
Okogie, in his third NBA season, is averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.