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On Monday night, the Washington Wizards showed that their first-round victory over the Chicago Bulls was no fluke. They handed the top-seeded Pacers a 102-96 loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series and put the league on notice that Bradley Beal is the real deal.

The 20-year-old scored a game-high 25 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the field (3 for 5 from three-point range) and 6-for-9 shooting from the free throw line. Beal also registered seven assists and five steals.


Wizards’ Beal shot chart for Game 1, Round 2

“I’m just having fun on a great team,” Beal said after the victory. “Whenever we play together and play the right way, it motivates me to be the best player I can be.”

So far, he is putting in one of the best playoff performances for a 20-year-old in NBA history. According to John Hollinger’s Game Score, a rough measure of a player’s productivity for a single game, Beal already has three of the highest scores among the top 15 and two in the top 10, including the second-best overall:

Player Pos Date MP PTS TRB AST STL BLK GmSc
1 Derrick Rose G 4/18/2009 50 36 4 11 1 0 30.4
2 Bradley Beal G 5/5/2014 43 25 7 7 5 1 22.7
3 Stephon Marbury G 4/24/1997 35 28 4 4 1 0 22.1
4 Brandon Jennings G 4/17/2010 40 34 3 3 1 0 21.5
5 Harrison Barnes F 4/23/2013 34 24 6 2 1 0 21.2
6 Carmelo Anthony F 5/2/2005 46 28 7 5 0 0 20.3
7 Jrue Holiday G 4/16/2011 39 19 5 5 3 0 20.2
8 Brandon Jennings G 4/26/2010 34 23 4 6 1 0 20.0
9 Bradley Beal G 4/25/2014 39 25 4 5 0 1 19.4
10 James Harden G 4/22/2010 32 18 5 3 2 0 19.1
11 Kevin Garnett F 4/24/1997 40 21 9 4 1 1 19.1
12 Harrison Barnes F 4/30/2013 41 23 9 1 2 1 19.0
13 Bradley Beal G 4/22/2014 42 26 7 2 2 1 18.6
14 Kobe Bryant G 5/15/1999 47 24 6 8 3 2 18.5
15 Tony Parker G 5/15/2003 40 27 1 5 2 0 18.5
Source: Basketball-Reference

For the playoffs as a whole, he is No. 1:

“Bradley Beal’s a superstar in this league,” Pacers guard Paul George said after the defeat. “He’s on the rise.”