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Washington Wizards v Indiana Pacers
Wizards guard Russell Westbrook sealed Washington’s overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers with a block of Caris LeVert’s last second potential game-winner.
Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

It was fitting that on a night he tied Oscar Robertson for the NBA’s all-time record in triple-doubles, Russell Westbrook made an array of clutch plays to help the Wizards claw out a one-point overtime win over the Indiana Pacers and move into 9th place in the East.

It was a classic Westbrook game — his 181st triple-double with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists...as well as just 11-26 shooting and 7 turnovers...as well as a steal, and two blocks, including the potential last-second game-winner from Caris LeVert in overtime.

Including the value of his four offensive rebounds, assists and 8-9 shooting from the free throw line, Westbrook’s offensive rating (points produced per individual possession x 100) was 110 — right at the Wizards average for the game.

The Wizards needed every bit of his production because other than Bradley Beal, he wasn’t getting a lot of help. Don’t worry, I’m not characterizing Beal’s sensational game as “help.” Beal had a hyper-efficient 50 points on 31 field goal attempts and just 1 turnover.

According to my Scoreboard Impact Rating metric, which converts each player’s total production in the game into points on the scoreboard, Beal’s performance was worth 61 points, and Westbrook’s was worth 37. No other player on the team cracked double digits.

The Pacers had 6 guys who had double-digit production, led by Domantas Sabonis, who’s output was worth 37 points, and LeVert with 23.

The Wizards exit the game with some concern about Beal. He turned his ankle early in the game, though was able to continue. Late in the game, he did something to his hamstring and missed the final possession of regulation, as well as overtime.

Four Factors

Below are the four factors that decide who wins and loses in basketball — shooting (efg), rebounding (offensive rebounds), ball handling (turnovers), fouling (free throws made).

I’ve simplified them a bit. While the factors are usually presented as percentages, that’s more useful over a full season. In a single game, the raw numbers in each category are easier to understand.

PACE is possessions per 48 minutes.

Four Factors: Wizards at Pacers

FOUR FACTORS PACERS WIZARDS
FOUR FACTORS PACERS WIZARDS
EFG 0.514 0.486
OREB 8 15
TOV 13 15
FTM 25 26
PACE 109
ORTG 109 110

Scoreboard Impact Rating

Below are Scoreboard Impact Rating (SIR) results from last night’s game. It’s based on my PPA metric, but it shows each player’s TOTAL contribution for the game in terms of points on the scoreboard. This may make more sense for a single game — PPA is a per possession metric, which probably makes more sense over a larger sample size.

Since SIR is based on the PPA metric, it credits players for things they do that help a team win (scoring, rebounding, play-making, defending) and dings them for things that hurt (missed shots, turnovers, bad defense, fouls). The scale is points.

POSS is the number of possessions each player was on the floor in this game.

By request, I’ve added points scored (PTS). I’ve also added offensive rating (ORTG), which is points produced per individual possessions x 100, and offensive usage rate (USG). These statistics, created by Dean Oliver and modified slightly by me, account for the value of shooting accuracy, offensive rebounds, assists, and turnovers.

Wizards Stats

WIZARDS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG SIR +/-
WIZARDS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG SIR +/-
Bradley Beal 39 90 50 143 33.7% 61 8
Russell Westbrook 44 100 33 110 35.4% 37 4
Ish Smith 19 44 7 119 14.9% 9 -15
Alex Len 20 45 8 103 20.7% 8 -9
Daniel Gafford 17 38 6 174 9.5% 6 12
Rui Hachimura 35 80 13 97 14.7% 6 3
Davis Bertans 34 78 10 101 10.3% 4 17
Raul Neto 26 59 2 70 9.6% 2 -10
Chandler Hutchison 12 26 0 0 5.7% 0 5
Robin Lopez 16 37 4 56 17.4% 0 -2
Garrison Mathews 3 7 0 0 37.7% 0 -8

Pacers Stats

PACERS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG SIR +/-
PACERS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG SIR +/-
Domantas Sabonis 43 99 30 121 27.6% 37 -3
Caris LeVert 41 93 35 98 39.0% 23 3
Oshae Brissett 24 55 12 145 11.9% 17 10
TJ McConnell 23 53 8 152 10.4% 15 -5
Edmond Sumner 30 68 13 113 14.6% 15 1
Goga Bitadze 16 36 7 120 18.1% 13 -7
Justin Holiday 27 62 5 98 10.2% 5 -5
Aaron Holiday 19 44 6 102 16.9% 3 2
Doug McDermott 26 59 11 105 14.3% 3 5
Kelan Martin 15 34 5 91 12.2% 1 -6