D’Angelo Russell: First Lakers Guard to Score 35 Points on 75% Shooting Since Kobe Bryant

‣ D’Angelo Russell became the first Los Angeles Lakers guard since Kobe Bryant to score at least 35 points on 75% shooting in a game, during the Lakers’ 133-107 win over the Detroit Pistons.
‣ The Lakers hold the seventh-shortest odds to win the 2024 NBA championship, with better odds being given to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers.
‣ Russell is shooting career bests of 49.2% from the field and 41.9% outside the arc this season.

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D’Angelo Russell’s performance in Wednesday night’s game was nothing short of impressive. He’s the first Los Angeles Lakers guard since Kobe Bryant to record at least 35 points on 75% shooting. The game ended in a 133-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons? Well, they’re not doing so hot. This loss marks their 15th in a row, setting a new franchise record. Their home record now stands at a dismal 1-8.

Russell, at 27, really shone in this game. He ended with a season-high 35 points, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and two blocks. All that in just 35 minutes of play. He also shot 13-of-17 (76.5%) from the floor, 5-of-7 (71.4%) beyond the arc, and 4-of-5 (80%) at the foul line. Impressive, right?

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, you might find this interesting. The Lakers hold the seventh-shortest odds to win this season’s 2024 championship. Better odds are given to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers.

“DLo becomes the first Lakers guard with 35 points on 75% shooting since Kobe ,” tweeted NBA on ESPN. The tweet also mentioned that it was his most points since being traded back to LA last season.

LeBron James, who finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, had something to say about D’Lo and AD [Anthony Davis]. “They got us started out with the hot streak they had in the first quarter, and we all picked it up off of that,” he said. This comes after his career-high 44-point loss at Philadelphia.

The Lakers really dominated this game. Their largest lead was by 33 points. They led 38-24 after the opening quarter, shooting 60% to Detroit’s 36%. They then outscored Detroit 36-28 after halftime.

D’Angelo Russell is having a great season. He’s shooting career bests of 49.2% from the field, 41.9% outside the arc. Christian Wood had 12 points and rookie Jalen Hood-Schifino, who didn’t score in his NBA debut in the previous game, scored 10 points. The Lakers also outrebounded Detroit 49-39.

The Lakers’ shooting was on point. They shot 45-of-88 (51.1%) from the field and 12-of-34 (35.3%) from 3-point range. This 26-point victory moves the Western Conference contender to 2-1 on their road trip and 11-8 on the season overall.

Russell has had some impressive games in the past too. While with the Warriors in a 125-119 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 8, 2019, he posted a career-high 52 points, nine boards, five assists, three steals, and two blocks in 41 minutes played.

After the game, Russell shared his thoughts. “It’s my first time this year I feel like getting into that rhythm so for me, I was just trying to stay locked in the whole game,” he said.

The L.A. brass seems convinced that Russell can return to his former level of play. In 33 starts with Golden State in the 2019-20 season, he averaged 23.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game.

In July, Russell re-signed with the Lakers on a two-year, $36 million deal. His new contract includes $1.4 million in total incentives. He’s earning $17.3 million this season and has a 2024-25 player option worth $18.6 million.

James Shotwell
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