Bradley Beal takes over in Washington Wizards’ 114-96 win over New York Knicks

The Washington Wizards are now 2-1 against the New York Knicks this season. Time to take a break.

Do you remember a time when Bradley Beal wasn’t running up his scoring total on literally whoever he played? It feels like it’s been a while since anyone kept him in check. And that didn’t change in the Washington Wizards’ 114-96 win over the New York Knicks.

In his last game before heading into the break, the All-Star Games’ biggest snub gave the rest of the NBA one last reminder that he should be taking the floor on Sunday night. In the latest of what has been a seemingly never-ending string of impressive scoring totals, Beal finished with 30 points, his 23rd time this season reaching the 30-point mark.

Beal’s season of gaudy numbers has already launched him up the Wizards all-time scoring list. He’s now the third most prolific scorer in franchise history. But his scoring outburst against New York put him on a new list.

In the win over the Knicks, Beal eclipsed 11,000 career points. Such a feat is impressive in itself. To do it at such a young age is something truly remarkable.

Over his last 12 games, Beal is averaging 35 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. And this time, you can’t call these empty stats from Beal.

After a rare road win, the Washington Wizards are heading into the All-Star break on a high note. Bradley Beal is on an insane scoring streak. The roster is finally getting healthy. And the Wizards are playing their best basketball of the season.

Over the past 12 games, the Wizards are 7-5. They won back to back games heading into the hiatus, and have a good chance to continue that winning streak when they get back on the court.

The Wizards will play the Cleveland Cavaliers when they return to action. After that, they’ll face off against the Chicago Bulls, a team they just beat 126-114. A four-game win streak would be their longest of the season.

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But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now, let’s just enjoy the back to back victories and revel in the recent winning. We’ll wonder whether or not a playoff push is really in the team’s best interest some other day.

Heading into the season’s final stretch, the Wizards are 20-33. They sit just three games behind the Orlando Magic for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.

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