Gators in the NBA: Beal goes off for 51 points, sets record

Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal reacts after hitting a shot during the second half of the Wizards' game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Beal scored 51 points as the Wizards won 106-92. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Only Lebron James and James Harden have posted higher single-game scoring totals this season than the 51 points Bradley Beal put up in Washington’s 106-92 win over Portland last week.
Beal has been thrust into being Washington’s main option on offense since point guard John Wall was sidelined with a knee injury eight games ago.
At first, coach Scott Brooks was playing Beal mostly at point guard in Wall’s absence but after a 47-point loss at Utah and Beal struggling to produce, Brooks relieved Beal from his point guard duties. Beal’s production skyrocketed, scoring 51, 34 and 25 points the next three games at his regular shooting guard position.
Beal’s 51 points is the most points ever scored by an opponent in Portland, see all 51 points here:

Magic forward Marreese Speights hardly saw the floor for Orlando last week and played zero minutes in the Magic’s 110-106 overtime win against the Hawks, the team’s lone win this week.
Celtics forward Al Horford has kept up his consistent all-around play and is flourishing in his second year with Celtics coach Brad Stevens. Aside from his poor game against the Spurs, Horford has put up stellar numbers in December and flirted with a triple-double in three of the team’s five games this month.
This play against Milwaukee is a good display of Horford’s versatility:

Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons has played in four of seven games this month for Memphis and has scored in double digits three times. His best all-around game came in a 25-point loss to the Heat Monday night as Parsons had nine points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block.

Lakers forward Corey Brewer hasn’t made much of a dent in the stat sheet this month but his accounts of living in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and now living through the wildfires in Los Angeles is worth a read.

Knicks center Joakim Noah was put back on the inactive list Saturday in New York’s 104-102 loss at Chicago and was inactive again on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Boston Celtics
Al Horford (C)
Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Los Angeles Lakers
Corey Brewer (F)
Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons (F)
Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem (F)
New York Knicks
Joakim Noah (C)
Orlando Magic
Marreese Speights (F)
Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (G)
Devin Robinson (F) – G-League affiliate Delaware 87ers