The Washington Wizards (17-28) beat the Indiana Pacers (21-24), 132-124 Monday night. Russell Westbrook had his 16th triple double of this season, scoring 35 points, distributing 21 assists and registering 15 rebounds in a game where Bradley Beal missed the game with a hip and foot injury. Rui Hachimura added 26 points and 8 rebounds. Chandler Hutchison also played 25 minutes tonight, scoring 18 points on 8 of 11 shots.
Westbrook is accused of being a stat pig with his triple doubles, which is certainly a valid point. However, it also takes a very talented player to set up these type of numbers consistently. Westbrook shot 14 of 26 from the field and even made 4 of 6 three pointers. He also released the first type of triple double in NBA history.
Despite Westbrook’s stats, Daniel Gafford left the game early with a lower leg injury. He scored 11 points and 6 rebounds in just 14 minutes of action tonight. Considering he’s the Wizards’ first legitimate lob threat in quite some time, losing him for a long time will be very difficult.
As for the game itself, the Wizards scored a victory tonight, but the outcome was never guaranteed. Sure, they have dominated Indiana in each of the last three quarters, but the Pacers were also in the lead for many periods tonight, including the fourth quarter where they trailed up to six points. They were up 116-110 with just under six minutes left in regulation.
However, the Wizards went on to an 11-0 run within three minutes to regain the lead and they were ultimately victorious.
The Wizards will end their home stand tomorrow night with a game against the Charlotte Hornets. The tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET. See you later.