Russell westbrook He posted his first triple-double since breaking the legendary Oscar Robertson mark and became the NBA’s lone leader earlier in the week to give the Washington Wizards a 120-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The triumph allows the Wizards to secure 10th place in the Eastern Conference that gives them the right to play the NBA playoff entry tournament, where a guy like Westbrook can be a threat to any opponent.
Westbrook added 21 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds to register your 183º triple-double in his career and the thirty-seventh so far this season, also an outstanding leader.
The star point guard also broke a tie with Gary Payton and is now the thirty-ninth highest scorer in history in the NBA with 21,834 points.
The Latvian forward Davis Bertans scored 17 points, the Japanese power forward Rui hachimura and the Cuban American pivot Robin lopez they had 14 points each, while seven Wizards players ended up with double-digit numbers.
Washington secured a spot in the NBA’s new play-in tournament for the playoffs that involves the No. 7-10 seeds in every conference.
On Friday night, the league announced that the two Eastern Conference play-in games they will be played next Tuesday with No. 7 at home to No. 8 in the first game and No. 9 hosting No. 10 in the second.
The winner of the first game will occupy the seventh place in the playoffs and the loser will play with the winner of the second game to define the eighth and final place, on May 20.
Washington improved to 33-38 after snapping a two-game losing streak and is half a game behind the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets, both at 33-37.
The Wizards can still finish among the seeded 8-10. Boston Celtics secured seventh place.
The Washington team played for the third consecutive game without the starting guard, second highest scorer in the league, Bradley Beal, by not recovering from the muscle injury he suffers.
The Brazilian guard Raúl Neto, who suffered muscle tension before the game, did not play either.
The base Collin Sexton scored 26 points and the pivot Jarrett Allen contributed a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds as leaders of the Cavaliers, they have lost seven straight road games.
The rookie forward Isaac Okoro finished with 17 points and the Turkish guard-forward C
edi Osman contributed another 16 points with Cleveland, who are eliminated from the playoffs.