Russell Westbrook and Michael Jordan both share the opinion that getting 10 assists is the toughest aspect of notching a triple-double.
Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards made mincemeat of the Indiana Pacers in the play in game today. The duo were in their element from the beginning, and powered their 3rd quarter run that ended in a blowout.
Beal finished with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field. Rui Hachimura chipped in with a pretty great outing, scoring 18 points and playing some great defense.
Daniel Gafford was his usual reliable self, locking the paint down and running the floor for a few big plays. Robin Lopez proved to be a huge plus in the few minutes he played, while Alex Len, for once, did not look like a 15th man.
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Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis tried their best to keep the game alive. But the Pacers had no answer for the Wizards guards’ ability to control practically every offensive possession and generate an efficient shot.
“Michael Jordan said the same thing”: Kenny Smith reacts to Russell Westbrook’s answer
Westbrook was, as expected, in great spirits following the game. His Wizards have now cemented a first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid in the playoffs.
Kenny Smith remarked in his post-game presser that he’s recently been talking to Michael Jordan. The Jet then went on to ask Russ what the hardest part of getting a triple-double is, to which the Brody replied:
“The hardest part of getting a triple-double, what you can’t control, is assists. I can’t control if guys make shots. I can make it easy for them, but I can’t control if they score those shots. I can score on my own and I can rebound on my own, but I can’t control if guys make shot.”
Kenny: “That’s what Michael Jordan said! I would’ve thought said rebounding.”
“I just wanted to thank you for letting us down.” 😂
Russ explained the hardest part of getting a triple-double… AND Chuck called him out after he came up short in the Wizards’ win. pic.twitter.com/TXr9Kyu1df
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