The Wizards lost, 141-136, falling just short of a 21-point comeback mounted midway through the third quarter. Beal shot 20 for 35 from the field, 7 for 10 from three-point range and 13 for 15 from the free throw line, notching his fourth career 50-point game. But like so many superlative individual performances he has had in the past two seasons, Wednesday won’t count as a highlight in Beal’s mind.
Beal had 57 points through three quarters but shot 1 for 6 in the final 12 minutes. He went to the line with 4.4 seconds remaining, made his first attempt and missed the second — which would have given him the franchise record outright.