D’Angelo Russell Scores Career-high In OT Loss To Timberwolves
D’Angelo Russell, the Los Angeles Lakers rookie, had a breakout game on Wednesday night. Russell scored 23 points from 32 minutes off the bench as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Lakers 123-122 in an overtime thriller.Advertisement
With 0:02 left in regulation, Russell made a sweet seven-foot shot to tie the game at 114 and send the game into overtime. D’Angelo Russell scored nine of the Lakers’ final 11 points in regulation.
The young duo of Russell and Julius Randle (20 points, 12 rebounds) have been excelling despite coming off the bench for the last two games. Kevin Martin led all scorers with 37 points while rookie Karl-Anthony Towns posted 26 points and 14 rebounds to further enhance his chances to win the Rookie of the Year award. | Box Score |
Martin hit 6/9 from deep and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter alone as the 9-12 Timberwolves beat the Lakers for the second time this season. In overtime too, it was Martin’s clutch three that kept the home side in the lead.
For the Lakers, Louis Williams and Jordan Clarkson added 19 and 14 points respectively.
Kobe Bryant, playing his last game in Minnesota went to the bench late in the third quarter and reportedly told coach Byron Scott “to let the kids play.” Bryant sat out the entire fourth quarter and overtime. “They (Russell and Randle) were playing with good energy and great momentum. Just let `em go,” the retiring Laker legend said after the narrow loss.
The visiting Lakers had a chance to win in OT, but D’Angelo Russell and Roy Hibbert missed jumpers in the final 9.4 seconds. “I mean, that’s an honor for him to say something like that knowing that he could have easily told Coach he wants that shot just to add to his collection. He probably would have made it,” Russell said while appreciating Bryant’s decision to sit out.