The Los Angeles Lakers almost let a key road victory over the Charlotte Hornets slip away, but Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson combined for 22 points in the fourth quarter to leave Charlotte feeling the sting of defeat.
Head coach Luke Walton decided to ride things out with Randle, Clarkson and Kyle Kuzma through the entire fourth quarter. The trio responded by sealing a victory that was slipping away, and much of that credit belongs to JC and JR for unleashing their two-man game on the Hornets’ defense.
Whether it was Clarkson driving to the rim, Julius slipping behind defenders or the Hornets’ defense as a whole getting played, the Lakers’ duo were in sync down the stretch. Having played together for so long, running that same screen-and-roll setup, gave the Randle-Clarkson pairing a big advantage they leveraged for a win Saturday night.
Here’s my breakdown of how they did it, taking a closer look at the different ways Julius and Jordan beat the Hornets’ defense: