Feb 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives the ball around Miami Heat forward Precious Achiuwa (5) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards got their second win over the last three games on Wednesday night with a 103-100 victory over the Miami Heat (this win followed a very surprising 149-146 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday). The mild run at success has improved Washington’s record to… 5-13. And it’s hard to imagine anybody being happier about the victories than Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who has deserved *much* better this season.

Beal scored a game-high 32 points on Wednesday night, in a game which featured no other player scoring more than 20 points.

The 32 points actually lower Beal’s season scoring average from 35.0 points per game to 34.8 points per game. He still leads the NBA in scoring, by a full four points over the second-highest average (Kevin Durant at 30.8).

To average roughly 35 points per game takes incredible consistency in the high-scoring department. In fact, it’s historically great consistency in that department to start a season.

Beal has scored 25-plus points in all 17 games he’s played this season, which passes some guy named Michael Jordan (1988-89) for the most consecutive games with 25-plus points to start a season since the ABA/NBA merger in 1976-1977. It’s the longest such streak in 50 years.

The longest streak is 80 games from Wilt Chamberlain (1961-62). Uh, that one will be hard to top.

Maybe the most incredible thing about Beal’s scoring is how efficient he’s been while doing it. It hasn’t been a case of tossing up 40 shots and scoring as a result of volume. He’s shooting a career-best 48.5% from the field, a career-best 87.3% from the free-throw line, and is shooting a solid 35.7% from three (his highest mark in the last three seasons). He entered Wednesday eighth in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) at a career-best 26.12, third among guards.

Beal was an All-Star selection in 2018 and 2019, but it appears that the 27-year-old is entering full-on superstar status this season.

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