Russell shines in return to Lakers after trade by T-Wolves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — D’Angelo Russell and the new-look Lakers figured issues out on the fly to take down the defending champs on their dwelling ground.

Working to get in sync together with his new teammates and keen to enrich Anthony Davis and LeBron James, Russell communicated on the courtroom all sport lengthy after rejoining his first group the place he performed from 2015-17. The Lakers picked Russell second total in 2015 out of Ohio State.

He had 15 factors, six assists and 5 rebounds in his Lakers return after being acquired from Minnesota on the commerce deadline, Dennis Schroder scored 26 factors, and Los Angeles beat the Golden State Warriors 109-103 on Saturday night time in a rivalry lacking the star energy of injured greats LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

“It was a bit bizarre however I am attempting to normalize it,” stated Russell, who additionally performed 33 video games for the Warriors throughout the 2019-20 season. “The earlier the higher. I have been on this state of affairs. … After that first stint you sort of get comfy once more. While you get traded so many occasions the irony comes again with all these groups and simply sort of normalize it.”

Schroder made a key layup with 1:17 to play after Donte DiVincenzo’s 3-pointer reduce the Lakers’ result in 105-101. Davis had a double-double of 13 factors and 16 rebounds and blocked one in all his three photographs on a late jumper by Klay Thompson.

“Me and D’Lo actually talked all the sport, about pick-and-roll, what he sees, what I see, what he like, what I like … simply attempting to construct that chemistry on the fly, with no follow,” Davis stated.

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Jordan Poole had 29 factors and 6 assists with a key go-ahead three-point play with 6:23 remaining, however the Warriors floundered down the stretch of the fourth quarter once more. He was whistled for an offensive foul with 45 seconds left.

“They’re pissed off we could not shut out these final two video games,” coach Steve Kerr stated. “We simply have not been capable of string collectively sufficient wins to create a bit momentum and separation within the standings.”

Poole scored eight straight factors early within the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers that tied the sport at 87 with 10:37 left. He additionally dished off to Ty Jerome for a layup with 5:01 to play.

James sat out his second straight sport with a left foot harm since turning into the NBA’s all-time scoring chief Tuesday in opposition to Oklahoma Metropolis, whereas reigning NBA Finals MVP Curry was sidelined for a 3rd in a row with a left leg harm.

Additionally taking part in his first sport for Los Angeles following a commerce from Utah, Jarred Vanderbilt contributed 12 factors and eight rebounds because the last-place Lakers snapped a three-game shedding streak. Fellow new addition Malik Beasley missed all six of his 3s and shot 2 for 9 on the way in which to 4 factors in his first sport for the Lakers after being traded by Utah.

“It’s an enormous win. I couldn’t be extra pleased with my group,” coach Darvin Ham stated.


A scan achieved on James’ troublesome left ankle and foot confirmed no critical situation.

Ham expects to see James again on the ground earlier than the All-Star break. When requested whether or not James would possibly have to be sidelined by the break, Ham provided, “No, I don’t suppose he’ll permit us to do this.”

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Common supervisor Rob Pelinka stated earlier Saturday that nothing was severely flawed for James, who topped former Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar throughout Tuesday’s 133-130 dwelling loss to Oklahoma Metropolis.

The sport with Golden State marked James’ seventh sidelined by soreness within the left ankle.


The Warriors hadn’t made an announcement concerning Gary Payton II’s bodily and whether or not they would undergo on an agreed commerce with Portland to convey the defensive-minded guard again to Golden State.

“Clearly, this entire factor has been unusual. It’s what it’s,” Kerr stated. “There’s not a complete lot to do or say, so we’re simply ready it out and seeing the way it performs out.”


Lakers: Different new acquisitions Mo Bamba and Davon Reed did not play. … The Lakers opened the season at Chase Heart with a 123-109 loss on Oct. 18 and Ham has been happy with the progress, saying “I would give us a B. I believe it has been good. It is yr 1.” He additionally stated: “We’ve proven a number of resolve. We’ve proven a fierce aggressive spirit.” … LA improved to 2-9 in opposition to the Pacific Division having misplaced the earlier two.

Warriors: Poole joined Draymond Inexperienced (14) with double-digit technicals this season. … Golden State had gained the final two vs. LA and three in a row within the collection at dwelling. … The Warriors have to observe the variety of video games for its two-way gamers, so Anthony Lamb is again with the G League Santa Cruz group. … The Warriors will nonetheless play the Lakers twice at Enviornment.

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Lakers: At Portland on Monday night time.

Warriors: Host Washington on Monday after beating the Wizards 127-118 on the street Jan. 16.


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