Stephen Curry did not play in his team’s recent game but D’Angelo Russell played like Curry netting a career-high 39 points in the Los Angeles Lakers win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.
The Lakers beat the Nets, 107-101 with Russell making 8 of 12 from the three-point area and the Lakers rookie point guard doing his best impersonation of the NBA’s best player in the win over Brooklyn.
The Lakers are still one of the worst teams in the league notching their 12th win of the season against 49 losses. The L.A. team also improved to 7-20 at the Staples Center.
Russell’s performance is one of the few bright spots for the Lakers’ lost season as he had Curry-like shooting in leading the Lakers to a rare win.
Russell was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and many saw him as undeserving pick at that spot for his underwhelming play in the first half of the season.
However, Russell proved the critics wrong on Tuesday night as he played 35 minutes, shot 14-of-21 field goals and added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Other Lakers who played well were Roy Hibbert and Julius Randle, who had 14 points each, and Jordan Clarkson, who had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
Russell’s previous career-high was 27 points on Jan. 7 when they lost to the Sacramento Kings, 118-115.
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