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Bradley Beal reacts to being 1st to consecutive 50-point games since Kobe Bryant


Washington Wizards talent Bradley Beal put up 55 points in yet another all-out scoring effort, this time coming in a narrow overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s now scored 108 points since dropping 53 on Sunday night in a loss to the Chicago Bulls, becoming the first player to put up 50-point games in consecutive nights since the lauded Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

The late Bryant had a Celebration of Life on Monday, one attended by many of his friends, family, and his NBA constituents.

The Wizards guard was unaware of the statistical landmark, but noted just how much of an impact Bryant has made through his career as one of the game’s all-time best scorers:

“That’s crazy. I didn’t know that,” said the Wizards talent when prompted with Bryant’s milestone. “That’s who Kobe was, man. That was his drive and that ceremony today just brought back the tears and the feelings again. I think everybody watched and it was spectacular…

“His legacy will live on forever. One thing that I’ve learned to respect about Kobe is that it’s not about how many points I’ve scored, it’s not about how many All-Stars I’ve made, it’s not about how many All-NBA teams I make, cause at the end of the day when I’m gone from here you guys are not gonna remember that, nor are you gonna care. I feel like the impact that you leave with your teammates and everybody around you is what it’s most important.”

The Wizards guard’s two 50-point games have come in a losing effort — though no one is questioning his desire to win after handling that heavy a load.

He’s now second in the league in scoring with a 30.1 points per game average — something that Bryant achieved three times in his 20-year NBA career.