In the midst of a career season, Stephen Curry added another remarkable performance to his resume on Saturday.
The Warriors sharpshooter piled up 49 points on 26 shots in 29 minutes in a 136-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. In a campaign filled with awe-inspiring performances, this was another one.
Curry's teammate Kent Bazemore spoke glowingly of his effort on Monday prior to Golden State's win over the Utah Jazz.
"Forty-nine points in 29 minutes, that's unreal," Bazemore told reporters.
Praise for Steph Curry morphs into shot at Bradley Beal
He then turned the praise into something nefarious — an opportunity to take a random shot at injured Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal, Curry's top challenger for the NBA scoring title.
"Then we've got guys hurting hamstrings trying to keep up," Bazemore continued with a grin. "Y'all gotta do some research on that."
It didn't take much digging to conclude what Bazemore was referencing. Beal scored 50 points in Washington's 133-132 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. The Wizards then ruled Beal out of Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks with a hamstring strain.
By the time Monday's Wizards game was over, Beal had caught wind of Bazemore's jab. He responded by unleashing a torrent of Twitter insults targeted directly at the Warriors guard. It went like this:
Beal then summoned the time-tested clown Tweet.
He then took satisfaction in realizing that Bazemore would find the social media onslaught all at once after wrapping Monday's game against the Jazz.
Kent Bazemore responds to Bradley Beal's social media rant
Bazemore did indeed see the rant after the Warriors' game, and he was asked about Beal's comments.
Bazemore refers to Beal's injury
Beal concluded the social media rant — for the time at least — by getting to the heart of the matter. He retweeted a tweet calling out Bazemore for making light of another athlete's injury.
The Wizards and Warriors aren't scheduled to play again this season, which is a shame. Beal is obviously one of the game's most prolific scorers. Watching him armed with the dual motivation of matching up with Curry and shutting Bazemore up would be must-see NBA TV.
Here's guessing Beal doesn't let this one go by the next time he sees Bazemore on a basketball court.
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