Russell Westbrook wasn’t about to let the Indiana Pacers stand in the way in which of a playoff berth.
The NBA star led his Washington Wizards to an emphatic 142-115 win over their Japanese Convention foe on Thursday evening (Might 20), clinching the eighth seed within the course of.
Regardless of a slew of accidents, COVID-19 outbreaks and dropping streaks, Westbrook delivered on his promise that he’d assist get his workforce to the playoffs. In opposition to the Pacers, he scored 18 factors, had 15 assists and grabbed eights boards in the course of the play-in event recreation.
“We have been struggling and all people was down on the surface and we had to determine a strategy to knuckle up and make the playoffs,” Westbrook mentioned about his playoff promise to the workforce, in response to ESPN. “Easy as that. I did not care what occurred within the earlier video games. … We needed to determine ourselves out, have a look at ourselves within the mirror, beginning with myself. I made it clear to the blokes that we’ll make it.”
Washington was a dismal 17-32 in early April, and with their win over the Pacers, turn out to be the primary workforce to make the playoffs after being 15 video games beneath .500 in the course of the season for the reason that 1996-97 Phoenix Suns.
Subsequent up, the Wizards will face the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.