LeBron James Leads Lakers to Victory, D’Angelo Russell Ties 3-Point Record in Win Over Hawks

LeBron James: In a dominating performance, LeBron James propelled the Los Angeles Lakers to a resounding 136-105 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks.

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James showcased his prowess with 25 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds, while D’Angelo Russell shone with 27 points, also equalling the Lakers’ single-season record for 3-pointers.

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Russell’s exceptional performance saw him sinking six 3-pointers against the Hawks, bringing his season tally to 183, surpassing Kobe Bryant’s previous record of 180 set in the 2005-06 season. This feat also saw him match Nick Van Exel’s franchise record established in 1994-95.

Russell’s remarkable shooting spree included a stunning 3-pointer right at the buzzer of the third quarter, followed by two more early in the fourth, before the Lakers substituted their starters.

Expressing his delight, Russell remarked, “That’s really cool, honestly. Just to get credit for your game and what you work to do and showcase it every night, and then to get credit for something like this, it’s just really cool.”

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In addition to his scoring prowess, Russell also contributed 10 assists to the Lakers’ cause. Anthony Davis, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds, played a pivotal role in the victory. Despite leaving the previous game against Golden State early due to a scratched cornea, Davis returned swiftly, opting not to wear goggles despite blurry vision caused by the injury.

Los Angeles, keen to halt a two-game losing streak, delivered a strong performance, with James leading the charge.

With this win, the Lakers reclaimed ninth place in the Western Conference standings, aided by Golden State’s loss to New York. James, in particular, has been in scintillating form, amassing 65 points in the last two games.

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Following the game, Davis praised James, stating, “Bron is Bron, and it’s that time of the year. He’s shooting the ball extremely well. He’s been in attack mode, finding guys. He’s been locking in defensively.”

Despite a valiant effort from Jalen Johnson and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who scored 25 and 17 points respectively for the Hawks, Atlanta struggled to contain the Lakers’ offensive onslaught.

Hawks coach Quin Snyder acknowledged the challenge of defending against the Lakers’ star-studded lineup, lamenting the difficulty of sustaining defensive efforts against such formidable opponents.

LeBron James native contributed 11 points and four rebounds in his comeback

The Hawks’ woes were compounded by injuries, with Johnson suffering an ankle injury late in the game, adding to the absence of Trae Young, who missed his 12th consecutive game following hand surgery.

However, Onyeka Okongwu’s return provided a silver lining for Atlanta, as the Los Angeles native contributed 11 points and four rebounds in his comeback game after a 13-game absence due to injury.

LeBron James

Despite a spirited performance from the Hawks, the Lakers asserted their dominance throughout the game, shooting an impressive 60% from the field in the first half. Russell’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer further solidified the Lakers’ lead, ensuring a comfortable victory as they cruised to a 31-point win over the Hawks.

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