Wizards Notes: Westbrook, Beal, Smith, Bench

Russell Westbrook - Photo via Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards are surging, winning 6-of-7 games with the latest being a 121-100 clobbering of the Pistons. Detroit blew out Washington in early April, though coach Dwane Casey believes that the Wizards look like a completely different version of a team than they did weeks ago.

“Westbrook with his intensity and his toughness, they have taken on a personality of his, his personality. I think that’s the difference with this team when we’ve played them all year,” Casey said (via NBC Sports Washington).

After the win, Bradley Beal said the Wizards already had Westbrook’s kind of mentality within them, though the former MVP pushes them and brings it out.

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  • Beal led all scorers in the game against Detroit with 37 points. It’s the 28th time that he has at least 30 points this season, which leads the league.

  • Over the past seven games (6-1), the Wizards rank fourth in the league with 45 bench points per game. They got 52 on Saturday night with Ish Smith bringing 16 in his return to the court.

  • The Pistons never had the lead in the loss to the Wizards. This was Washington’s third win of the season where they did not trail throughout, per the team’s PR department.

  • Westbrook triple-double tracker: 25.  Nikola Jokic is second in the league this season with 15.

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