Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal scored 51 points in Portland on Tuesday night to defeat the Trail Blazers, 106 -92.  Tuesday night in Portland, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal joined superstars LeBron James and James Harden as the only players to score more than 50 points in a game this season. Washington moves to 13-11 in the year, beating the Blazers 106-92 despite another slow start from the first drive.
Kelly Oubre Jr. (14) and Mike Scott (10) were the only other Wizards players to reach double figures.
Washington's defense played an important role in the victory. They held the dangerous Portland duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum only 44 points combined with 41 percent shooting. The team now has a 10-1 record this season when it keeps opponents below 100 points.
Here are the details of this historic night.
Beal or Bust
One day after one of the worst losses in the history of the franchise in which the Wizards scored only 69 points in total, Beal was commissioned to put his team on the offense.
Aggression was the team's mantra and Beal reiterated that concept several times in a part-time interview with NBATV.
Beal was nothing short of spectacular since the opening council. Often criticized for not taking enough shots, especially now that superstar guard John Wall is out of action with his left knee, the "real deal" showed Portland why the nickname is more than just a catchy Twitter name.
He opened the game with 12 quick points, failing only three of his first eight attempts. Pull-up mid-range jumpers, wavering dribbling to the bucket, catch-and-shoot pops, Beal flexed his entire offensive repertoire.
Upon entering the game, Beal had an average usage rate (percentage of team moves used by a player while on the floor) of 29.5. That average was catapulted to 46 percent on Tuesday night, according to the advanced box scoring statistics of the basketball reference. The result was a masterpiece of 51 points in 21 of 37 pitches, including five triples.
Despite Beal's incredible score production, his fellow starters are not doing much to help on the offensive side. He scored the second time in four starts, that the holders not called Beal did not reach the double figures. The starters made their way through another first quarter and lost 12-7 after firing only 30 percent from the field.
It was the combination of Beal (43 minutes recorded) and the bank, which got the team out of funk. The Washington bench beat Portland 20-7 at halftime, as the team took a dominant advantage of 51-37.
The starters were the best in the defensive end against Portland, who hit just 41 percent. They helped contain the stars of the Blazers, made it difficult to complete easy passes and close possessions with rebounds. They also capitalized on a 19-10 rotation advantage.
The billing advantage was an issue that benefited the Wizards throughout the game. Driven by the five team steals from Oubre, Washington snatched the ball 16 times and converted it into 23 points.
Creating havoc on pass lines and interrupting time proved to be the perfect recipe for success against one of the worst support teams in the league. The Wizards could use their robberies and get out in the transition.
They beat the Blazers decisively in quick break points: 16-0.
Washington seeks two consecutive victories on Thursday when they travel to Phoenix. They will try to take revenge for a home defeat earlier in the season against the Suns in November.
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