Bradley Beal erupted for a career-high 55 points Monday night, but it wasn’t enough, as the Wizards fell 137-134 to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.
Beal has poured in 108 points for Washington over the last two games—both losses—but is taking no pleasure in the gaudy numbers.
The 26-year-old became the first player since Kobe Bryant in March 2007 to record 50-point performances on back-to-back nights.
Per The WaPo:
“I’m a winner, so you can throw those 55 out with the last 53,” Beal said after becoming the first player in NBA history to score at least 50 points on consecutive days and have his team lose both games.
“Bradley, he’s a monster right now,” Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday during an interview with the Sports Junkies on 106.7 the Fan. “He’s been on a tear pretty much all season, but lately he’s been really special.”
After Monday’s loss, Beal reflected on what he has learned from the various tributes to Bryant since the Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26.
“It’s not about how many points I score. It’s not about how many all-star games I make. It’s not about how many all-NBA teams I make. Because at the end of the day, when I’m gone from here, you guys aren’t going to remember that, nor are you going to care,” he told reporters. “I feel like that’s how we feel with Kobe. I feel like the impact that you leave on others and your teammates and everybody around you is what’s most important. So I think that’s what I take to heart the most and carry that for the rest of my life.”