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D’Angelo Russell credited his grandmother’s memory for his crazy buzzer-beater

He apparently wasn’t going to play, but decided to give it a go.

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The Los Angeles Lakers looked set to lose a game that would’ve given them a chance to tie the Phoenix Suns (with a little luck) for the second-worst record in the NBA, which would’ve given them about five percent better odds to keep their top-three protected lottery pick.

At least, that’s how things appeared until D’Angelo Russell gave fans the latest reminder of the ice in his veins:

After the game, Russell could only offer credit to one source for the improbable shot:

It’s probably why his family was the first place he ran afterwards:

According to Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton, Russell wasn’t even originally going to play:

In addition to being a nice story, this buzzer-beater was the most “Lakers” game winner possible. At the buzzer, bouncing around the rim, there was really no more perfect way for this specific team to win a game this season.

Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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