Bradley Beal becomes first NBA player to score 50 points on back-to-back nights since Kobe Bryant

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SportsPulse: Thousands upon thousands gathered in Los Angeles at the Staples Center to memorialize Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The service had everything from laughs to heartfelt moments.

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On the day the basketball world gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, Bradley Beal did something no NBA player has done since the “Black Mamba” himself. 

The Washington Wizards guard scored a career-high 55 points, although the Milwaukee Bucks won 137-134 on Monday in overtime. The previous night, in a loss to the Chicago Bulls, Beal poured in 53. 

No NBA player had scored 50 points in back-to-back nights since Bryant did it with 60 against the Memphis Grizzlies and 50 against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 22-23, 2007; those two performances made it four straight games with 50 or more points for Bryant. 

“Oh man, that’s crazy,” Beal said. “Didn’t know that. That’s who Kobe was. That was his drive and that ceremony today just brought the feeling, the tears all back again.”

“I was just locked in and I just was having fun. Probably the most fun game I’ve ever played in.” 

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