NBA regular season

Westbrook triple-double lifts Wizards over Raptors in OT

Westbrook triple-double lifts Wizards over Raptors in OT

May 6, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook records his 180th triple-double, just one short of tying Oscar Robertson’s NBA record

Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 17 assists, and 17 rebounds to record his 180th career triple-double and the visiting Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors, 131-129, in overtime Thursday night, May 6 (Friday, May 7, Manila time) in Tampa, Florida.

Westbrook, who fouled out with 15.5 seconds remaining in overtime, has 180 triple-doubles, one short of Oscar Robertson’s NBA record.

Gary Trent Jr made both free throws from Westbrook’s foul to cut Washington’s lead to two. But Robin Lopez responded with two free throws to put the Wizards’ lead back to four.

Pascal Siakam cut the lead to one with a layup and free throw with 8.6 seconds left. The Raptors star tied his career best with 44 points.

Wizards guard Raul Neto made two free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining that gave him a career-best 25 points.

Fred VanVleet, who kept the Raptors alive with a three-pointer that forced overtime, made two free throws with 5.7 seconds to go. After Garrison Mathews made one free throw, Siakam missed a 29-foot shot to end the game.

Bradley Beal added 28 points for the Wizards (31-36). Lopez had a season-best 24 points, Davis Bertans scored 14, and Alex Len had 10.

Trent added 25 points for Toronto (27-40). VanVleet scored 22, Khem Birch 17, and DeAndre Bembry 10.

Toronto led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, but that margin was reduced to four entering the fourth period.

Lopez hit two foul shots and Washington led by three with 15.1 seconds left in the fourth. Siakam’s dunk cut the lead to one and Beal’s free throws made the lead three again.

VanVleet tied the game at 115 with a three-pointer with two seconds left, forcing overtime.

Washington took a four-point lead in overtime on a layup by Lopez. Siakam made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to two with 59.9 seconds remaining.

Beal made a layup with 45.5 seconds left to increase the lead to four. Lopez made two free throws.

The Raptors led 33-31 after the first quarter and 60-51 at halftime.

Kyle Lowry (rest), OG Anunoby (calf), Yuta Watanabe (ankle), and Aron Baynes (foot) did not play for Toronto.

Rui Hachimura (non-COVID illness) did not play for Washington. –