It’s official. The Los Angeles Lakers will not go 0-82 this season.
Okay, despite starting 0-4, erasing the goose egg in the win column was bound to happen sooner or later. They made it happen tonight in their first game against a member of the Eastern Conference, defeating the Brooklyn Nets, 104-98.
D’Angelo Russell returned to the Barclays Center for the first time since he heard his name called on draft day and had his best game as a Laker. The No. 2 overall pick scored 16 points on six-of-nine shooting, with four rebounds and three steals in 23 minutes.
Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson also had efficient, productive nights, making it the first time of hopefully many nights that the young trio all plays well. Randle had 14 points on five-of-nine shooting with seven rebounds and three assists, while Clarkson scored 16 points (six-of-12 shooting) and dished out three assists.
The Lakers improved to 1-4 on the season. They won’t have to travel very far for their next contest, as they will matchup against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.
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