As the regular season reaches its end, the scoring-title battle between Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal goes down to the wire.
The NBA currently has some of the most prolific scorers of all time. Kevin Durant, James Harden, Joel Embiid, Damian Lillard among many. However, the NBA’s scoring-title battle has never been more close than what it is between two top-class guards – Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal.
Both the All-Stars have been fighting tooth and nail on a nightly basis, this entire season, erupting for a bizarre number of points at will. On Saturday night, Bradley Beal regained as the NBA’s highest-scorer after dropping yet another 50-piece, in a 133-132 win for Indiana.
However, his moment to be on top of the list was very short-lived. Curry, who admitted to knowing about Beal’s incredible scoring night, had to drop a mere 22 points to maintain his scoring lead over Bradley.
It was almost like Chef Curry couldn’t wait to dethrone Beal as the scoring leader. Steph managed to score 24 in just the first quarter, preserving his scoring title. The two-time MVP didn’t just stop there, he went on to score an outstanding 49 points in only 29 minutes of action.
Steph has already ensured he will remain the NBA scoring leader through tonight 👏 pic.twitter.com/sxADD3S56E
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 9, 2021
Bradley Beal is averaging 31.4 points while Stephen Curry drops 31.9 points per game
Right from the tip-off, Curry was in red hot form, as usual. In his 24-point first quarter, the Warriors guard managed to knock down five three-pointers in only seven attempts.
Curry knew what had to be done in order for him to maintain his scoring title. In a postgame interview, the Baby Faced Assassin admitted to knowing about Beal’s performance. With a straight face, Curry said,” Of course I did.”
Did Steph Curry already know Bradley Beal had 50 before his game tipped tonight?
“Of course I did.”
Full back-and-forth on it pic.twitter.com/Oc9QUgzh3B
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 9, 2021
While no Pacer could stop Bradley Beal, a hamstring issue could slow him down for his quest for the scoring title. Beal’s leadership has been extremely vital for Washington. Currently placed 9th in the East, they have a 32-36 record, only 1.5 games behind 8th seed Charlotte.
Whereas for the Golden State, they have somewhat assured themselves a chance for the play-in tournament. Improved to a 35-33 record, Steph and his Warriors have 4 games to close out the season strong.
With both the players being the go-to scorers of their team, and with the teams still fighting for a playoff spot, it could be anyone’s scoring title. Even though Steph is looking like the favorite to clinch his second scoring title, Beal too could get hot at a moment’s notice. This could be an interesting battle to keep track of, over the season’s final week.