INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When the final buzzer sounded Saturday evening, Russell Westbrook grabbed the ball, jogged to the baseline and waved to the gang. A few moments after becoming a member of Oscar Robertson because the NBA’s occupation triple-doubles leader with 181, he famed the milestone along with his teammates and his opponents.
It became rather a degree to.
Westbrook performed with 33 functions, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and made two free throws with a second left to present Washington a 133-132 further time victory over Indiana. Heck, he even blocked the Pacers’ final shot sooner than grabbing the ball.
“I adore his spirit, his determination,” coach Scott Brooks mentioned. “He’s in actuality, in actuality helped us turn correct into the next personnel and that’s traditional, you realize — rebound, making a grab shot, blocking a shot. These are all big issues and these are all personnel issues. That’s what Russell’s about, he’s regularly been that intention.”
Westbrook’s efficiency overshadowed the whole lot else on the court docket.
Bradley Beal scored 50 functions to support the Wizards switch into the No. 9 predicament within the Jap Conference, a half of-game before Indiana nonetheless sat out the further time length after hurting his hamstring and ankle.
Domantas Sabonis had his have triple-double for the Pacers with 30 functions, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. Caris LeVert flirted along with his have triple-double — 35 functions, 14 rebounds and eight assists — for the Pacers.
But even in a game with a bodily, playoff atmosphere all eyes had been on Westbrook and the advise that stood for nearly a half of-century. Westbrook now has a league-excessive 35 triple-doubles this season, 19 in his final 24 video games.
“Every time I step on the ground, I try to leave the whole lot on the ground,” Westbrook mentioned. “And after I’m all performed, I will have the ability to ogle support and nobody can pronounce I didn’t compete at the absolute top level or that I cheated the game.”
While the Pacers made the next effort in opposition to the Wizards than they did Monday, when they yielded a franchise-advise 154 functions in a non-further time game, the game followed a acquainted script. Indiana led many of the second half of, only to lose the lead within the waning minutes of regulation and but again in further time.
Westbrook and Beal had been essentially the most though-provoking reasons.
“They’re excellent and we’re excellent,” Indiana coach Nate Bjorkgren mentioned. “West and Beal are no longer easy to dwelling and they’ve bought very, very excellent avid gamers all around them. But I liked the manner we performed. We performed basketball the true intention.”
Washington went on a 9-2 spurt to amass a 120-119 lead on Beal’s layup with 1: 28 left in regulation. LeVert’s ensuing 3-pointer gave Indiana the lead and after Daniel Gafford tied it at 122 with two free throws with 48 seconds left, Westbrook’s layup with 21.4 seconds left gave Washington the lead.
LeVert tied it but again with a layup with 13.4 seconds to head and Westbrook’s 18-footer at the buzzer came up speedy.
Wizards: Westbrook prolonged his fade of double-doubles to 32 video games. … Beal has scored no longer no longer up to 25 functions in 71 of his final 82 video games and has eight video games this season with 40 or more functions. … Alex Len had 10 rebounds and eight functions. … Washington snapped a 3-game shedding fade in Indy and swept the Pacers for the first time since 2006-07. … The Wizards own won 15 of their final 19 video games. … Washington scored 419 functions in opposition to Indiana this season.
Pacers: Edmond Sumner and Doug McDermott every scored 13 functions. … Sabonis additionally had three steals and recorded his eighth triple-double this season. … LeVert’s rebounding whole became a occupation most though-provoking and came two days after he posted his first double-double of the season with Indiana. … The Pacers are 12-21 at dwelling this season. … Indiana is 5-2 in further time this season and is 8-10 in video games determined by 5 or fewer functions.
Brooks became unsure how well-known Beal’s ruin is, and that it will no longer be known for a couple of days. But he held him out in further time as a precaution. “He tweaked his hamstring,” Brooks mentioned. “In actuality, he tweaked his ankle and we didn’t must push it at the quit. He wished to nonetheless our guys advised him now to not push it. With any luck, it’s no longer too well-known.”
Wizards: Blueprint the fourth quit on a 5-game street outing Monday at Atlanta.
Pacers: Start up the final week of the conventional season at Cleveland on Monday.