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Los Angeles (AFP)
One other historic night time from Russell Westbrook helped the Washington Wizards to a 133-132 additional time victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
Westbrook notched the 181st triple-double of his profession on Saturday, tying Oscar Robertson for probably the most in NBA historical past.
He completed with 33 factors, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, draining the go-ahead free-throws with one second left in additional time then blocking a possible game-winning shot from Indiana’s Caris LeVert as time expired.
“That is Russell, he is an unbelievable participant and particular person,” stated Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who stated he thought the triple-double file established by Robertson throughout an NBA profession from 1960-74 “would by no means be touched.”
Bradley Beal scored 50 factors for the Wizards however missed additional time with a hamstring pressure.
Beal’s outburst wasn’t the one spectacular efficiency overshadowed by Westbrook. LeVert scored 35 for Indiana whose Domantas Sabonis additionally had a triple-double of 30 factors, 13 rebounds and 13 assists.
However earlier than Beal’s departure — a worrisome growth for the Wizards with the common season winding down — Westbrook had secured his record-equalling triple-double along with his Tenth help late within the third with an arching move to Beal for a floater within the lane.
“Man, it is unbelievable,” Westbrook stated of matching Robertson. “I take loads of delight in doing all the pieces that impacts profitable, as a lot as I can depart it on the ground. To be in a dialog with Oscar, one I simply need to thank him, as a result of he set the stage.”
Westbrook will get a primary likelihood to overhaul Robertson on Monday when the Wizards play the Hawks in Atlanta.
However he and the remainder of the Wizards are targeted on the standings, the place their slender victory in a sport that featured 33 lead modifications noticed them inch forward of the Pacers into ninth place within the Japanese Convention standings.
The seventh by way of Tenth-placed groups will compete within the play-in event for a berth within the playoffs correct.
“We simply need to maintain taking part in good basketball shifting into it,” Brooks stated. “If we maintain shifting up, that’d be nice.”
Amongst different groups preventing for play-in spots, the Golden State Warriors notched a 136-97 rout of Oklahoma Metropolis because of Stephen Curry’s 49 factors in three quarters.
The win stored the Warriors forward of the Memphis Grizzlies in eighth place within the Western Convention.
Curry was on hearth from the opening tip-off, draining 5 three-pointers on the way in which to 24 factors within the first quarter and sustaining his lead over Beal within the NBA scoring race, regardless of the Washington star’s massive night time.
Curry related on 14 of 26 photographs from the sphere, together with 11 of 21 from three-point vary.
It was Curry’s fourth sport this season with at the very least 11 three-pointers, an NBA file. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was working out of superlatives for his famous person.
“I do not know how one can describe it,” Kerr stated.
The Warriors led by as many as 41 factors and had been up by 39 after three quarters, after which Curry and fellow Golden State starters Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Inexperienced checked out, together with the entire Thunder starters.
The Grizzlies, fueled by a double-double of 18 factors and 21 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas, beat the Toronto Raptors 109-99 because the Tenth-placed San Antonio Spurs fell 102-124 to the Portland Path Blazers.
Regardless of the defeat, the Spurs remained two video games forward of the New Orleans Pelicans for the ultimate play-in spot.
The Utah Jazz improved their Western Convention-leading file to 50-18 with a 124-116 victory over the Houston Rockets — who’re assured of ending among the many worst three groups.
– Playoff depth –
The Japanese Convention-leading Philadelphia 76ers romped previous already eradicated Detroit 118-104.
However the Brooklyn Nets needed to battle for a 125-119 victory over the Denver Nuggets that put them half a sport forward of the Milwaukee Bucks for second within the East.
Kevin Durant’s 33 factors included 5 free-throws for the final 5 factors of a sport wherein Brooklyn trailed by 21 factors within the first half and by as many as 15 within the third quarter.
Kyrie Irving added 31 factors for the Nets, who snapped a four-game shedding streak.
They held the Nuggets to fifteen factors within the fourth quarter, taking a one-point lead — their first because the opening minute — on ahead Joe Harris’s basket with 6:12 to play.
Durant welcomed the “playoff depth” of the competition.
“It will make us higher,” he stated.
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