Russell Westbrook is finally looking like a player who can turn the game around on his own. His match-winning performance against the Indiana Pacers and another triple-double against the Charlotte Hornets was enough proof of that.
However, Westbrook’s stellar form was not enough to prevent the Wizards from slumping to a loss against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night. The Hornets raced to a 114-104 victory riding on the backs of Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier.
In the post-game press conference, Rui Hachimura praised Westbrook for his sublime game awareness. Talking about the 32-year-old’s performance on the night, he said, “He’s a beast. He’s a beast, for sure.”
Rui Hachimura on Russell Westbrook: "He’s a beast. He’s a beast, for sure."
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 31, 2021
Russell Westbrook and team slump to another defeat
It was definitely not a big night for Russ, however, he still got his 17th triple-double of the season. He finished the game with 22 points to his name. In fact, he also racked up 15 rebounds and 15 assists during the course of the game.
Westbrook looked like a shadow of his former self ever since he signed for the Washington Wizards. However, the remaining vestiges of those doubts are getting shattered with each passing game. Another glowing example of that was the poster-worthy dunk he made on Bismack Biyombo.
Apart from Westbrook, Hachimura too had a sensational game. He tied his career-high score of 30 points in this match. Nonetheless, it was evident from the team’s performance, they were missing Bradley Beal, who missed his second straight game.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 31, 2021
In the post-game press conference, Robin Lopez talked about what went wrong for the Wizards. He said, “They do a really good job of moving the ball. In transition, getting open 3’s. I thought we did a better job of guarding them in the second half, but it’s tough when they’re hitting 3’s. We definitely could have been more locked in. I think we all agree there.”
The Washington Wizards lie 12th in the Eastern Conference standings. At the moment, their chances of qualification for the playoffs look very slim. The Hornets, on the other hand, jump to fourth in the standings and are well-set to qualify for the playoffs.
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