Russell Westbrook’s historic night helps the Wizards beat the Pacers without Bradley Beal

Westbrook completed with 35 issues on 14-for-26 taking pictures — together with four for six from three-point vary — 21 assists and 14 rebounds. The triple-double, his 16th of the season, moved him previous Darrell Walker for essentially the most through any participant to ever put on a Washington jersey.

Westbrook did it in simply 38 video games.

Past town limits, the purpose guard turned into simply the 3rd participant in NBA historical past to writer a 30-20-10 triple-double, becoming a member of Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson in an ultraexclusive membership.

The feat helped the Wizards string in combination back-to-back wins for the primary time in additional than a month.

“I’ve been pronouncing it; there’s no different technique to say it — there’s six letters, and it spells out winner,” Trainer Scott Brooks stated of Westbrook. “That’s what he’s. He’s gained in every single place. We’re no longer profitable as many video games as we would like, however he nonetheless fights and nonetheless leads and nonetheless performs arduous. He’s no longer highest. Turns the ball over too time and again, from time to time. However he competes. . . . He does issues that I’ve by no means observed within the historical past of — I’ve been on this league 30 years. He’s a winner, guy. He fights.”

Westbrook helped seal a decent recreation with 17 issues within the fourth quarter, nudging Washington (17-28) around the end line after Rui Hachimura and Chandler Hutchison supported him. Hachimura had 26 issues and 8 rebounds as he persisted his streak of competitive video games of overdue, whilst Hutchison, who arrived on the business closing date from Chicago, had 18 issues and 5 rebounds in his Wizards debut — and his first recreation since Feb. five.

The competitive performances helped Washington to a 55-37 rebounding merit and overcame a defensive effort that incorporated too many fouls. The Pacers completed 24 for 33 from the unfastened throw line, in comparison with the Wizards’ 12 for 18. Washington completed 10 for 19 on three-pointers, a unprecedented high quality evening from lengthy vary.

In the beginning, the house group seemed as despite the fact that it might be in for a tall process.

Beal ignored his fourth recreation this season after a difficult fall in Saturday’s win towards Detroit. He left that recreation early within the 3rd quarter and is daily, in line with Trainer Scott Brooks, whilst the time table plows forward: Washington hosts the feisty Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.

Brooks began Jerome Robinson in Beal’s position, opting to stay his most effective different choice at taking pictures guard, Garrison Mathews, at the bench in hopes he may supply a spark for a 2d unit that has been gradual in recent years. Mathews, who’s on a two-way contract, has began 21 video games this season.

Robinson earned his first mins since Feb. 14 on Saturday when Beal went down, taking pictures zero for five from the sector however incomes some approval from Brooks. Robinson completed with 3 issues on 1-for-6 taking pictures Monday, however he added two assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks in his 21 mins.

Gafford went down with 10:03 left within the fourth quarter and was once taken to the locker room in a wheelchair after including 11 kilos and 6 rebounds off the bench in simply his 2d recreation with Washington.

“It didn’t glance excellent. . . . I’m dissatisfied for him,” Brooks stated. “I’m hoping for the most productive. I’m in reality hoping for the most productive. As a result of what he brings, we haven’t had it in 5 years.”

Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers (21-24) with 35 issues, and Malcolm Brogdon added 26.

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