2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double in his Washington Wizards debut but still he wasn't satisfied with his performance since his team lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 113-107 in their season opener. Westbrook, who was traded from the Houston Rockets to Washington in an exchange for John Wall, needed only three quarters to clinch a triple-double as he finished the game with 21 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds.
Westbrook had 13 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds by the end of the third quarter to collect his career 45th triple-double. "Not good enough," Westbrook said of his performance, per ESPN. "Honestly, I am kind of disappointed in myself, just some mishaps and plays where I could have been better.
"I don't like to lose. At any point in my career, I love to go out and win the game. I got to be better next game."
Bradley Beal enjoyed playing alongside Westbrook
Beal, a two-time NBA All Star, absolutely enjoyed playing alongside Westbrook and he loves the energy and edge that the 2017 NBA MVP brings to the team.
"I love it," Beal said. "Granted, it's only one game, but I just love his energy, his competitiveness and his accountability at the end of the day. I think that is what I love most about him. I'm the type of guy, I want accountability, I want somebody who is going to light a fire under me, want somebody to tell me what I am doing wrong.
"We hold that standard. I think Russ does that to a high, high level. I think it is needed. It is a direct carryover to the rest of the team. He brings the energy, he sets the tone and we feed off of him." Beal scored a game-high 31 points but it wasn't enough for the Wizards to beat the 76ers.
After the game, Westbrook had nothing but good to say of Beal. "He is really, really good," Westbrook said. "Not just at scoring the basketball but in creating space and getting to his spots. As I watch film, once I get on this plane, I will learn and see how I can be able to help him, make the game easier for him as we go along this journey.
"This is the first of many [games], so we got to make sure, I got to make sure I can make the game easier for him along the way."