D’Angelo Russell Rebounds With 31-Point Night

Yi Jianlian and D’Angelo Russell sit on the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on on October 13, 2016. The Lakers lost to the Sacramento Kings 116-104.

D’Angelo Russell followed up on an awful shooting night with a spectacular one, as the 20-year-old point guard scored 31 points and made 10 of his 14 field goal attempts in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 116-104 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

LA lost for the third time in five preseason game, but Russell looked ready for the regular season, or at least what comes next: Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

On a night where his teammates simply did not bring the energy, Russell managed 16 points on 5-8 shooting in the first half. Even with the point guard scoring with ease and hitting his first four three-pointers, the Lakers trailed by 18 points at the intermission.

Then, Russell turned up the dial and scored 13 points and provided four assists in a scorching hot third period that witnessed the Lakers climb back within two points of the Kings.

A short clip from the pregame routine of Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell (Published Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016)

With Russell sitting on the bench to start the fourth quarter, the Kings pulled away and opened up a double-digit lead before Russell could re-enter the game. Rather than look to shoot his team back into the game, Russell opted to set up the table and recorded another four assists. He also made his only shot attempt.

Despite the Lakers losing by 12 points, Russell’s time on the court yielded a +5 differential for the purple and gold. In 33 minutes, Russell finished with 31 points, 11 assists, two steals and only two turnovers.

Next, Russell and the Lakers play Curry and the Warriors at the same Las Vegas arena on Saturday.

Published at 10:55 PM PDT on Oct 13, 2016 | Updated at 11:01 PM PDT on Oct 13, 2016

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