National Basketball Association
Washington 117, New Orleans 115
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 16, 2021
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Officials: #20 Leroy Richardson, #8 Marc Davis, #29 Mark Lindsay
Attendance: N/A

Russell Westbrook made two free throws with one second left in overtime to finish with 36 points as the host Washington Wizards defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 117-115 on Friday night.

Westbrook, who had 10 of the Wizards' 12 points in overtime and assisted on the other basket, finished with 15 rebounds and one assist short of what would have been his seventh consecutive triple-double.

The score was tied when Raul Neto stole the ball from the Pelicans' Zion Williamson with 15.5 seconds left in overtime, leading to Williamson's foul on Westbrook. New Orleans' challenge to the call was unsuccessful and Williamson fouled out on the play.

Bradley Beal added 30 points, despite missing all nine of his 3-point attempts, and Daniel Gafford had 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Wizards.

Brandon Ingram scored 34, Williamson had 21, Naji Marshall had 16 points and 11 rebounds and James Johnson scored 11 to lead the Pelicans.

The Wizards made just 2 of 22 3-pointers in regulation, but Westbrook made two in a row and added another field goal to give the Wizards a 113-109 lead midway through the overtime.

Eric Bledsoe and Marshall each made two free throws to tie the score, and it was tied once more before the frantic finish.

The Wizards held a one-point halftime lead before Williamson had two baskets during an 11-0 run that gave the Pelicans an 80-72 lead.

Ish Smith's field goal ended that run and stopped a four-minute field-goal drought for Washington.

Beal scored seven straight Wizards points to help them eventually pull within 87-84 at the end of the third quarter.

Willy Hernangomez made consecutive baskets as New Orleans increased its lead to 101-92.

Beal made a layup for Washington's first field goal in nearly five minutes to cut the deficit to 103-98.

Williamson scored on a drive before Westbrook's basket tied the score at 105 with 1:07 remaining.

Washington had the last possession of regulation, but Beal missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Wizards had a 30-29 lead at the end of the first quarter even though Ingram scored 14 points during the period. They led 62-61 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Orleans   Washington
Brandon Ingram 34 Scoring Russell Westbrook 36
Naji Marshall 6 Assists Russell Westbrook 9
Steven Adams 12 Rebounds Russell Westbrook 15
Brandon Ingram 6 Free Throws Made Bradley Beal 10
Brandon Ingram 4 Steals Rui Hachimura 2
Steven Adams 2 Blocks Daniel Gafford 4
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 115 41.2 7-28 28-33 26 56 7 11 16
Washington 117 46.9 4-27 23-32 24 46 7 5 13
Upcoming Games
  • Washington will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Wizards have a W/L % of .455 after a win and .364 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against New York. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .462 after a win and .433 after a loss.