The Washington Wizards get the job done on the road as they defeat the Sacramento Kings, 123-111, in their last late night game of the season. With this win, Washington went 4-2 on the road and are now one game back from being in the play-in tournament also courtesy of the Chicago Bulls who lost as well. If they keep winning who knows they may even secure a playoff berth but let’s not jump the gun too soon!
Russell Westbrook was Russell Westbrook as he finished with another triple-double on the night. Westbrook had 25 points, 11 assists and 15 rebounds which made it his sixth straight triple-double. He’s now 12 triple-doubles away from taking the all-time triple double record from Oscar Robertson. And he could possibly do that this season especially with 18 games remaining for Washington in the regular season.
As for the current reigning leading scorer in the league, Bradley Beal had 31 points on the night in the victory. Despite harsh criticism of himself in the fourth quarter, Beal played a great game helping get the win for his team on the road.
Washington’s bench added 36 points, 16 coming from the Latvian Laser himself, Davis Bertans who made 4-of-7 three pointers in the game including a four-point play!
Despite the Wizards winning by 12, the Kings had many opportunities to get back in the games especially with the amount of turnovers Washington had. The Wizards had 26 turnovers where Sacramento turned it into 38 points. Of those 26 turnovers, Beal and Westbrook combined for 12 of them. If it was any other team, the Wizards could have blew this game simply on mistakes.
DeAaron Fox had a game-high 33 points followed by Buddy Hield with 19 points, but it simply wasn’t enough to get the job done over Washington who handed them their eighth straight loss.
The Wizards are now headed back home as they have a back-to-back waiting on them beginning on Friday April 16 versus the New Orleans Pelicans followed by a visit from the Detroit Pistons the day after.
Again the Wizards are one game out of the play-in tournament but if some wins start surfacing they could secure a playoff berth which could be even better!