Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal responded to his recent altercation with a Sacramento Kings fan as he went through the tunnel to head to the locker room at halftime. The Wizards were trailing by 27 points and Beal recalls the fan told him to “take his b**** a** to the locker room.”

Beal, even in the midst of sound defeat to a Western Conference hopeful, was not about to have that disrespect.

“Fans are fans,” said Beal after a 133-126 loss to the Kings on Tuesday. “I respect every fan, I respect that you come every night and watch us play. Us players aren’t sitting here bringing fights here. They’re gonna bark, they’re gonna root on their team, but let’s keep it clean.”

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Whatever the fan said to Beal in addition to that, it must have sparked a fire, as Beal and the Wizards came back in a major way in the third quarter, pulling out a 46-19 frame and erasing their large deficit within 12 minutes.

The Kings and Wizards entered the fourth quarter deadlocked at 95, but it was Sacramento that ultimately prevailed, despite Luke Walton’s first ejection as a head coach of the Kings.

NBA players have had confrontations with fans over the years, despite the league’s recent efforts to put up a league-wide zero-tolerance policy.

Beal put up 35 points and eight assists on the loss, extending his streak of games scoring 25 or more points to 19 straight — already a franchise record.