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D’Angelo Russell Marks Historic Feat As Lakers Thrash Wizards 134–131

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D’Angelo Russell has just hit a milestone in his NBA career.

The Lakers point guard’s 3-pointer against the Wizards proved to be a game-changer. D’Angelo is currently the only player with 57 three-pointers, one more than Antoine Walker, and he is ranked solely in the top 50 of the NBA’s all-time lists- an indication of his dedication and commitment towards being the league’s best sharpshooter.

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Even though Davis finished with the highest number of points, it was D’Angelo who’s fantastic achievement on Thursday night had stolen the limelight. He passed the ball five times, scored 22 points, and pulled six rebounds.

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The Washington Wizards lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 134–131 on Thursday night in an entertaining overtime game. After 13 straight losses, the Wizards’ record stands at 9–50. It will be their goal to snap their current losing run when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers next.

Russell had a significant impact on this historic evening in addition to Anthony Davis, who was crucial to the game’s conclusion. Davis made history as the Lakers’ best player with an incredible effort that included 40 points and 15 rebounds, leading the team to an astounding win.

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D’Angelo Russell names LeBron James as the first NBA player he saw play

In the post-game interview, Russell opened out about his feelings towards Born James. “He’s the first person I saw play in the NBA,” said Russell about James, “My dad took me to my first NBA game … I was a big LeBron fan. He did that signature dunk, and I remember crying…I was like, this is where I want to be. He’s inspired me without even knowing it”.

The Lakers, with a 33-28 record as of right now, can still qualify for the playoffs. In the next game, they will play the Denver Nuggets at home to extend their winning run.

The paths that the two teams took were different, even though the Lakers celebrated their win and Russell’s historic achievement. With a two-game winning run under their belt, the Lakers were trying to secure a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. They are now the ninth seed in the playoff standings with a 33-28 record.

The Wizards, meanwhile, continue to sustain their back-to-back losing skids. They have now lost thirteen games and are currently at an abysmal 9–50 record this season.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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