- The Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 154-141 on Monday night.
- Russell Westbrook recorded his 32nd tripe double of the season with a ridiculous 14-21-24 statline that put him in the record books once again.
- Washington is now three games up on the Toronto Raptors for the final Play-in tournament spot.
Give Russell Westbrook the respect he deserves. No matter what critics say about him stuffing the stats sheet, the Washington Wizards are winning.
Russ delivered another triple double on Monday night as the Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers 154-141 in a track meet at the Capital One Arena.
Russell Westbrook’s monster triple-double leads the Wizards to a huge win over the Pacers 🔥
4-of-4 FT pic.twitter.com/EfBwJmgcf5
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 4, 2021
The win was Washington’s 13th in their last 16 games as they continue to make a playoff push with seven regular season games left to play. Westbrook meanwhile, made history for the Nth time this season, setting another mark that separates him from an all-time great.
Fourth Triple Double Season of Career
Russell Westbrook will average a triple-double in a season for the 4th time in his career. Oscar Robertson is the only other player to do this & he did it once in 1961-62.
He could record 0 pts, rebs & 0 asts in every game the rest of the season & still average a triple-double. pic.twitter.com/kOzjsVAzCw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 4, 2021
With his Monday performance, Westbrook became the only player in NBA history with multiple 20-rebound and 20-assist games in NBA history. The only other player to have a 20-rebound and 20-assist game was Wilt Chamberlain. He also now has 32 triple-doubles on the season, passing Chamberlain’s total during the 1967-68 season for 4th most all-time. He also has three of the Top 4 triple-double seasons in NBA history.
The 2017 NBA MVP now has a total of 178 career triple doubles, and is just three triple-doubles away from tying Oscar Robertson’s all-time mark of 181. His Wizards still have seven regular season games left to play, and at the rate he has been racking up triple doubles recently, there’s a good chance he takes that record before the end of the season.
Even if Russ plays the next seven games and doesn’t score a single point, grab another rebound, or issue another assist, Westbrook will finish the 2020-21 season averaging in a triple double. This will be the fourth time in Westbrook’s career where he’s averaged a triple double. The only other player in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season was Oscar Robertson, and the Big O achieved the feat only once.
Wizards Solidify Play-in Tournament Position
The @utahjazz move back atop the West!
Teams ranked 7-10 will participate in the #StateFarmPlayIn Tournament after the regular season (May 18-21) to secure the final two spots in the #NBAPlayoffs for each conference. pic.twitter.com/dOMm8a5ajR
The big headline on Monday was Utah regaining the top spot in the Western Conference. But silently, the Washington Wizards have solidified their place in the East’s Play-in tournament.
Although they are still in 10th place, Washington is now three games ahead of the 11th seeded Toronto Raptors with seven regular season games left to play for both teams. Aside from that, the Wizards have moved to within one-half game of the 9th seeded Indiana Pacers and 1.5 games behind the 8th seeded Charlotte Hornets. With Washington still having one game against both the Pacers and Hornets, there’s still a chance that Washington moves up the ladder.
The best NBA betting sites aren’t too high on the Wizards making the playoffs or doing more. ESPN’s playoff index also has Washington with only a 13.3% chance of making the playoffs with the Hornets and Pacers having better chances at 60.6% and 37.9%, respectively. But with Westbrook continuing to put up video game numbers, there’s no telling how far the Wizards can go.