Russell Westbrook showed off that he’s still got it on the defensive end tonight. The Wizards guard blocked Caris LeVert’s gamewinner.
The Washington Wizards have taken charge of the 9th seed in the East with their win over the Indiana Pacers. It’s been a tough grind for them all year long, but they’re now reaping the fruits of their April labor.
Russ has been the difference-maker and a big reason why they’re back in play-in contention. The OKC Thunder legend registered his 35th triple-double of the year, tying Oscar Robertson for career triple-doubles.
He finished with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists in a 133-132 overtime victory tonight. This performance included some clutch free throws to give the Wizards the lead in overtime.
Bradley Beal dropped another 50-burger to keep Washington in contention all game long. He went off the court with injury during OT, but the Wizards were able to salvage a monster night by him and the Brody.
Russell Westbrook blocks Caris LeVert, yells ‘Gimme that s***!’
The Wizards went back and forth with their opponents all game long. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook both had clutch shots in the final minute of regulation, but LeVert hit back with a game-tying shot.
The Pacers tried to run a play to get a shot for Caris LeVert during the last possession of OT. But Westbrook read the play and timed his block on LeVert’s shot perfectly. He put some emotion into his expressions after that, exclaiming ‘Gimme that s***!’
RUSS WITH THE GAME SAVING BLOCK 😲 pic.twitter.com/TL9DuCn73u
— ESPN (@espn) May 9, 2021
The Pacers, on their part, tried their level best to hold on to their ranking. Domantas Sabonis had another monster triple-double despite the L, tallying 30 points, 13 assists, and 13 rebounds.
Westbrook and Beal have now come up big in practically every clutch minute played by Washington this year. Their ability to close games out and seal the deal has helped the Wizards to a ton of clutch wins this year. They’d be expecting similar production from their stars for the rest of the year.