For three quarters Wednesday night, Bradley Beal was unstoppable.
The Wizards guard scored 57 points through the first three quarters, finishing with a career-high 60 points in a 141-136 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Beal’s 60 points tied the Wizards franchise record of 60, which was set by Gilbert Arenas in 2006.
He had a chance to pass Arenas for the franchise record in the final seconds of the game, but missed a free throw on purpose in an attempt to get the Wizards another possession as they trailed by five.
Despite the career performance, Beal was almost non-existent in the fourth quarter. He sat out the first four minutes and hit a jumper to tie the game at 125 with 6:35 remaining in the game, but the Sixers defense was able to suddenly lock him down.
Beal missed three field goal attempts and had two more blocked by Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle. The block from Embiid was crucial as it kept a Sixers’ 134-131 lead intact with three minutes remaining.
The loss dropped the Wizards to 2-6 while the Sixers improved to 7-1.