The Los Angeles Lakers survived an insane fourth-quarter run from Russell Westbrook, with Nick Young draining a three-pointer with seconds to go to seal a 111-109 victory. Young intercepted a pass intended for Lou Williams at the top of the arc, let the ball fly from deep, and locked up the Lakers’ victory in a wild game.
Young was one of six Lakers who reached double-digits in scoring, capping of a great team effort. Nick made four of his seven three-pointers, while the Lakers as a team went 14-of-27 from deep.
D’Angelo Russell was ruled out of the game to his sore left knee and is expected to miss Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors as well. Jose Calderon did a solid job filling in for him in the starting lineup, making four of his five three-point attempts along with four assists.
Westbrook scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, erupting like a volcano. The lava spewing from him was nearly enough to engulf the city of Los Angeles, but he fell just short of single-handedly defeating the Lakers in a game the purple and gold controlled fairly well throughout the night. Westbrook’s night ended with 34 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds.
Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points, providing a huge punch off the bench that helped make up for D’Angelo’s absence in the backcourt. Brandon Ingram was a perfect three-for-three from downtown, looking comfortable as a spot-up shooter.
This was a great win for the Lakers, who were shorthanded and coming off an ugly loss to the Chicago Bulls. How they carry this momentum forward to their visit to the Golden State Warriors is anybody’s guess, so let’s just enjoy this win for now.