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The Wizards, who were eighth of the East in the regular phase, will face the Philadelphia 76ers of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, leaders of the conference, starting Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.

Russell Westbrook during the third quarter.Tommy GilliganUSA TODAY Sports

From the hand of Russell Westbrook Y Bradley Beal, the Washington Wizards crushed 142-115 this Thursday Indiana Pacers and they made the last ticket to the playoffs in the ‘play in’ of the Eastern conference of the NBA.

The Wizards, who were eighth of the East in the regular phase, will face the first round of the playoffs on Sunday. Philadelphia 76ers from Joel Embiid Y Ben Simmons, conference leaders.

Before his hobby, Westbrook (18 points and 15 assists) and Beal (25 and 4) did not miss this second opportunity to get the ticket after they lost on Tuesday to the Celtics in the first game of the ‘play in’.

“Resilience”, Westbrook said about the main quality of his team. “There are many players in the locker room who have been through a lot, covid, injuries, but we keep going.”

Lithuanian Pacers Domantas Sabonis (19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists), who had eliminated on Tuesday Charlotte Hornets, are out of the playoffs for the first time since 2015 in a campaign in which they suffered significant casualties such as those of TJ Warren, Myles Turner Y Caris LeVert.

With this playoff qualification, the first since 2018, the Wizards cap off a spectacular second half of the regular season, in which they have won 15 of the last 20 games.

In that rush, Westbrook broke the all-time NBA triple doubles record and Beal fought until the final matchday to surpass Stephen Curry as the NBA’s leading scorer, finishing second with 31.3 points per game.

Tuesday’s resounding defeat (118-100) against the Celtics de Jayson Tatum, who gave a recital with 50 points, was a jug of cold water for the stars of the Wizards, who conspired to seal the pass against the Pacers at the Capital One Arena in Washington.

“In Boston I was terrible. I disappointed my colleagues,” he acknowledged. Westbrook, who scored just 6 of his 18 shots for 20 points. “In this game I wanted to set the tone in all aspects of the game, defending, rebounding, passing, and that’s what I did.”

Beal defines in the third quarter

After a close first quarter, the Wizards staged the first of their streaks, 16-0, with which they put distance in between on the scoreboard.

Sabonis and the base Malcolm Brogdon (24 points), the only healthy starters for the Pacers, were trying to keep the team in the game but their teammates couldn’t contain the Wizards’ figures.

Westbrook added almost a triple double to the break and Beal he exploded in the third quarter with 14 of the 48 points scored by the Wizards.

With 31 points advantage (114-83) At the beginning of the last quarter, both teams put their substitutes in competition while the capital’s fans celebrated their team’s pass.

The ‘play in’ format was created by the NBA last season to lengthen the intrigue of the classification a playoffs.

In the ‘play in’ of the Western conference, Los angeles lakers (7 classified) made the playoffs on Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors (8), who will compete for the second ticket on Friday in their court against the Memphis Grizzlies (9).

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