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Wizards’ Bradley Beal joins Gilbert Arenas, Bernard King in franchise’s exclusive 50-point club

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Bradley Beal’s bombastic performance in a loss to the Chicago Bulls put him in rarified air with some elite company. The Washington Wizards shooting guard joined former point guard Gilbert Arenas and the legendary Bernard King as the only players to have multiple 50-point games for the franchise:

Arenas holds the record with three of them, yet Beal is only 26 and has plenty of NBA life ahead of him to tie Hibachi and even move past him if he stays with the franchise long enough.

Beal scored a career-high 53 points, burying 15-of-27 from the floor, 5-of-11 from deep, and 18-of-20 from the foul line, all while throwing in five rebounds, four assists, a block, and two steals to the mix through 39 minutes.

The third pick of the 2012 NBA Draft is averaging 29.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 6.0 assists as the lone leader of the Wizards, with John Wall still recovering from a slew of injuries.

The Missouri native has not only become the third player in franchise history to have scored 50 points multiple times, but is also the third player to average 35 points or more throughout a 14-game span. He also has 14 straight 25-point games, tied for the second-longest such streak in team history:

Beal has developed into one of the most feared scoring machines in the NBA, and it’s heavily unlikely that he will relinquish that role upon Wall’s return.

The front office has already acknowledged him as a franchise player, which will turn the tables upon Wall’s return next season as Beal signed a contract extension to make him the face of the Wizards for the next few years, barring a trade request.

Bradley Beal’s Wizards are 20-35 on the season, which is 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference.