Rookie D’Angelo Russell scored a career-high 39 points with 6 rebounds in an LA Lakers win over the visiting Nets with Kobe Bryant sidelined. Before the game, Russell’s dad sent him a rare text to fire him up, I guess helped.
“He was just like, ‘Are you hungry? I was like, ‘Hungry?’ He was like, “Eat,’” said Russell, referring to his father’s wanting him to feast on the opponent. “I was like, ‘OK. I know what you mean.’ I give credit to that.”
The last Lakers rookie to score at least 39 points in a game was Hall of Fame legend Elgin Baylor in 1959.