Bradley Beal put himself in an elite category Monday night.
The former Florida guard had 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals in Washington’s 102-96 win at Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Beal became the fourth player in NBA history with multiple 25-point playoff games before turning 21, according to ESPN Stats & Info. But only he and Magic Johnson have three games based on that criteria.
“Bradley Beal’s a superstar in this league. He’s on the rise,” Pacers guard Paul George told The Post afterward.
The 6-foot-5, 207-pounder scored 14 of his 25 in the fourth quarter to lead the Wizards to their first second-round win since 1982 and give them home-court advantage.
“The way I think about it, I’m 20 years old, playing in the playoffs, something I always dreamed about, so why not embrace it? Why not accept that challenge?” Beal told The Post. “I’m just having fun on a great team. Whenever we play together and play the right way, it motivates me to be the best player I can be.”