Russell Westbrook wasn’t about to let the Indiana Pacers stand in the best way of a playoff berth.

The NBA star led his Washington Wizards to an emphatic 142-115 win over their Japanese Convention foe on Thursday night time (Might 20), clinching the eighth seed within the course of.

Regardless of a slew of accidents, COVID-19 outbreaks and dropping streaks, Westbrook delivered on his promise that he’d assist get his staff to the playoffs. In opposition to the Pacers, he scored 18 factors, had 15 assists and grabbed eights boards through the play-in match recreation.

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“We had been struggling and everyone was down on the surface and we had to determine a approach to knuckle up and make the playoffs,” Westbrook mentioned about his playoff promise to the staff, in keeping with ESPN. “Easy as that. I did not care what occurred within the earlier video games. … We needed to determine ourselves out, have a look at ourselves within the mirror, beginning with myself. I made it clear to the fellows that we’ll make it.”

Washington was a dismal 17-32 in early April, and with their win over the Pacers, turn into the primary staff to make the playoffs after being 15 video games below .500 through the season for the reason that 1996-97 Phoenix Suns.

Subsequent up, the Wizards will face the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.