Julius Randle dazzled, D’Angelo Russell sizzled, and the Los Angeles Lakers returned home to a 125-118 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Randle notched a triple-double, stuffing the stat sheet as the Lakers’ youngsters had the snap back in their step. Add in a game-high 32 points from D’Angelo, and it was a successful night for the Lakers.
Russell started the game on fire, seemingly trying to make up for every cold game of the season in a single stretch. He drained five straight three-pointers in the first quarter, thrashing the Nets. Tarik Black made his presence felt in a bruising 13 minutes roaming the paint. Tarik scored 12 points while pulling down nine rebounds, creating second-chance opportunities while taking advantage of the Nets’ lackluster frontcourt depth.
It was a fast-paced game as both teams blew through possessions, making for the kind of free-running basketball the Lakers have thrived on. The purple and gold scored 29 fastbreak points. The Lakers gave up points in the paint far too easily, but their offense was enough to put Brooklyn away.
Brook Lopez scored a team-high 30 points, stretching the floor for four made three-pointers on 10 attempts. Bojan Bogdanovic put in 27 points, getting to the hoop with little resistance throughout the night. Randle’s big night included 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Overall it was a toughly-fought game from both teams, with the Lakers having the juice on offense just enough to put away the Nets. Los Angeles improves to 7-5 on the season, opening a homestand with a win before the schedule becomes far more challenging. The Lakers played the Nets in the kind of game they wanted to get into, controlled it, and walked away with a solid win.