Flashback to days before the 2012 NBA Draft: Bradley Beal was reportedly close to becoming a member of the Thunder, with rumors that OKC was contemplating a maneuver to trade up and select the coveted prospect.
Flash forward to Sunday night: Beal was successfully playing the role of Thunder villain, dropping a career-high 34 points on a variety of unsuccessful defenders.
Beal hit six 3-pointers on eight attempts. The entire Thunder team hit six 3-pointers on 20 attempts.
“That guy's amazing,” Kevin Durant said. He's an awesome player. He was their go-to tonight, made big shots all night.”
And the impressive night was made all the more interesting because of the history between player and opposing franchise.
“The kid is really, really good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Beal. “He's a special player. There's no question … He has a chance to be an All-Star in this league.”
NICK COLLISON SITS WITH HIP INJURY
Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison sat out Sunday's game with a left hip contusion.
Officially, the Thunder announced his timetable as day-to-day. He was seen working out on the court before the game but was in a suit by tip time.
ERIC MAYNOR GETS NICE OVATION IN RETURN