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L.A. Lakers' D'Angelo Russell had the hot hand early against the Brooklyn Nets

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D'Angelo Russell had a season-high scoring night for the L.A. Lakers at Staples Center as they overcame the Brooklyn Nets to move to 7-5. 

L.A. needed all of D-Lo's 32 points to see off the Nets 125-118, and from the get-go, you could see it was going to be a special night for the former number two draft pick. 

The point guard's game has come on leaps and bounds under Luke Walton so far this season, and his latest performance in the City of Angels was just a testament to renewed focus and energy the rookie head coach has instilled in the sophomore. 

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Within the first five minutes, Russell had knocked down four shots from behind the three-point line. At one point it looked as though he could explode for a huge 40-50 point night, but 32 is mightily impressive for a player who has started just 60 NBA games. 

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Efficiency has been a criticism of Russell's game this season; when he's cold, he's very cold - 2-11 and 3-14 in games against Phoenix and Utah are testament to that - but last night he had the hot hand. 

Finishing with 7 threes from his 13 attempts, the former Ohio State Buckeye shot 55% from the field overall. 

With Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson having off nights, his big total - along with Julius Randle's triple double - was exactly what the Lakers required to ensure they stayed above .500. 

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