Russiz Westbrook of the Wizards joins two all-time highs while taking the team to where it is playing
The Wizards qualified for the NBA’s opening playoffs as they beat the Cavaliers 120-105 on Friday.
And they can thank Russell Westbrook for getting there.
With Bradley Beal sidelined for the third game in a row, he fell to Westbrooke against Cleveland. Westbrook filled in, scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists in the team’s 40 minutes.
It was Westbrook’s seventh game in at least 15 assists in a row, a feat only two Hall of Fame has achieved: John Stockton and Isiah Thomas.
Westbrook’s escape in the second half of the season is a huge reason, as the Wizards have made a remarkable run for the play-in tournament. In early April, the team was 17-32 years old and seemed to be heading for another lottery selection.
In the last 22 games, the Wizards have gone 16-6 to move up to 10th place in the East. Westbrook has been the catalyst, averaging 23.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 14.1 assists in that span.
And if the wizard wants to make an unexpected noise in the playoffs, he will have to continue with the top game.