The Los Angeles Lakers made it back-to-back wins in a 107-98 victory over the Orlando Magic. Kobe Bryant sat out, but the young core held down the fort in a very entertaining game. A 39-point third quarter fueled by D'Angelo Russell was the highest-scoring quarter of the season for the Lakers, and one of the funnest stretches of the year to watch.
This was the first game that Randle, Clarkson and Russell all scored at least 20 points together, an important milestone in a game that felt dictated by the trio. Randle tied his career-high with 23 points, muscling his way into the paint for most of his scoring opportunities. Julius made nine of his 16 attempts en route to a double-double with 11 rebounds. Clarkson had another one of his fiery nights from deep, going 5-of-12 from deep. He ended the night with 24 points and buried a three late in the fourth quarter that felt like the knockout blow.
Russell's third quarter surge changed the momentum of the game though, turning a halftime deficit into a fourth-quarter lead by the time it was over. D'Angelo scored a game-high 27 points, going 11-of-19 from the field with three assists.
The trio combined for 74 of the Lakers' 107 points. Quite the stat for quite a showing from what the franchise hopes is the future. Whether it was Jordan turning Evan Fournier into a melted popsicle on the court with a crossover, Randle going coast-to-coast for buckets or D'Angelo attacking the Magic's interior defense, it was a dominant performance from the youth.
The Lakers are playing some of their best basketball, winning three of their last five games. They'll host the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday.