Russell Westbrook knows the Washington Wizards can compete with anyone, but they need sophomore forward Rui Hachimura to do that.

After the Wizards staved off elimination and avoided a sweep against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, Westbrook opened up about the importance of Hachimura to the team. He may be the third option for Washington behind Bradley Beal and Russ, but he is equally important and crucial to their success.

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Westbrook said so as much, noting how they play better when Hachimura is playing his role to perfection.

Our team is better, and it’s been all year long; when he plays well, we play well,” Russell Westbrook said of his Wizards teammate and Japanese international, per NBC Sports.

In Game 4 against the Sixers, Rui Hachimura indeed showed what the Wizards are capable of when he's playing at his best. He finished with 20 points–his most so far in the playoffs–to help Washington secure a 122-114 win over Philly. He was efficient all game long, making eight of his 12 attempts while contributing 13 rebounds.

If he keeps his consistency, it's not hard to see the Wizards winning Game 5 as well to cut the series deficit 3-2. With Joel Embiid doubtful to play for the Sixers in their next meeting, it could be the perfect opportunity for the team to stage a comeback and continue their playoff bid.

It will be difficult, but it is worth remembering the Wizards have been turning a lot of heads since the second half of the regular season.