D'Angelo Russell had the best game of his young career Sunday night against the Cavs, and in the process made some Lakers history. The second-year point guard scored a career-high 40 in the L.A.'s 125-120 loss to Cleveland, becoming the youngest player (21 years, 21 days) in Lakers history to reach that scoring mark.
D'Angelo Russell is the youngest player in Lakers history to score 40 points in a game (21 years, 24 days)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 20, 2017
Russell was nearly flawless in his duel against Kyrie Irving, hitting 14 of 22 from the floor, including 7 of 12 from deep, and committing just one turnover in 41 minutes. But despite his heroics, the Lakers were outscored 43-28 in the final quarter and suffered their fifth consecutive loss.
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"Whatever position they have me on the court -- I'm a basketball player, not a point guard or a shooting guard," Russell told reporters after the game.
Russell's shooting touch was definitely on display Sunday. He didn't appear to be fazed by the Cavs defense and was looking for his shot while coming off screens.
HIGHLIGHTS: D'Angelo Russell sets a new career-high in points with 40, connecting from downtown seven times. pic.twitter.com/halIIWjZYz— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 20, 2017
But despite his breakout game Sunday, Russell has struggled to find consistency in his sophomore season, shooting just 40 percent from the field during his up-and-down campaign. Just two games before his 40-point outburst, Russell finished with just five points on 2 of 10 shooting and added seven turnovers against the Bucks.