FILE – Russell Westbrook # 4 of the Washington Wizards in action against the Los Angeles Lakers at Capital One Arena on April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Patrick Smith / Getty Images / AFP

Russell Westbrook recorded his 32nd triple-double of the season with 14 points, a career-high 21 rebounds and 24 assists to lead host Washington Wizards to a 154-141 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Westbrook’s total assists matched a franchise record and his career high.

The Wizards (30-35), who hold the 10th seed and last place in the Eastern Conference play-in round, have won for the 13th time in their last 16 games and are withdrawn within half a game of the Pacers (30-34) for ninth place and ensured the tiebreaker between the teams.

Washington has also won three full games ahead of the 11th Toronto Raptors.

Domantas Sabonis scored 32 points and totaled 19 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Pacers while Caris LeVert had 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

But nine Wizards scored in double digits, including five reserves, and Washington topped Indiana by a staggering 96-60 margin in the paint.

Rui Hachimura finished with 27 points and seven rebounds and Bradley Beal had 26 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Daniel Gafford (7 for 7 on the field) had 15 points and Davis Bertans 14. Chandler Hutchison and Ish Smith each have 13 points. Alex Len scored 12 points and Robin Lopez added 11.

The Wizards shot 61.2% from the field and managed 9 of 22 with 3 points.

Washington scored 46 points in the second quarter and 82 points in the first half, shooting 57.1 percent from the field. The Wizards had 27 assists out of 32 field goals in the first half and finished with 50 overall assists. Washington also had 30 quick break points against the Indiana four.

Eight Pacers scored in double digits in aggregate as Justin Holiday, Aaron Holiday and TJ McConnell each scored 15 points. Doug McDermott had 11 points and Oshae Brissett 10.

Malcolm Brogdon missed his second straight game with hamstring strain. The Pacers were left without Myles Turner (right toe) and TJ Warren (left foot stress fracture), Goga Bitadze (left ankle sprain), Jeremy Lamb (left knee pain) and JaKarr Simpson (concussion), and also lost Edmond Sumner (10 points) when he left the game in the third quarter with a bruised left knee and did not return.

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