The Los Angeles Lakers snapped their eight-game losing streak in a 107-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The win was all about D'Angelo Russell who set a new career-high with 39 points, breaking the 30-point barrier for the first time in his young career.
Russell was locked in, setting not only a career-high in points, but also in three-pointers made. D'Angelo drained eight of his 12 attempts from deep, ripping up the Nets from long range. It was back-to-back threes late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line that put his amazing performance over the top, ending with him pointing to his shooting hand to let us know he has ice in his veins. He also showed off his inside scoring talents, getting into the lane and converting over defenders. It was an incredible night from the rookie, and the first of many 30-plus point games in his career.
Jordan Clarkson had a solid-around game, doing a little bit of everything. He ended the game with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Julius Randle continues rewarding the Lakers' coaching staff with double-doubles since being inserted into the starting lineup, adding another 14 points and 13 rebounds to his impressive run.
Lou Williams suffered a hamstring strain and left the game early and will not travel with the team to Denver to face the Nuggets in the second half of this back-to-back. Kobe Bryant's status for the game remains uncertain after sitting out against the Nets to rest his right shoulder.
This felt like a win not because of the final score, but because D'Angelo looked dominant. Sure, it was against a bad Brooklyn team, but watching him bury them from deep was a sight for sore eyes. That was something special.