Jordan Clarkson has quietly been one of the most consistent performers for the Los Angeles Lakers this season and has made people stand up and take notice with his last two displays.
After torching the Indiana Pacers for 33 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on Friday night, the shooting guard followed this up with 29 points, six boards and 10 dimes in a 127-107 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
He shot the ball extremely well on both occasions, going 14-of-19 against Indiana and 12-of-19 against the Knicks.
In both games, he came off the bench to inspire the Lakers to victory and his stat line against New York saw him create history.
According to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, Clarkson is the first player to record those numbers, despite coming off the bench, since the 1973-1974 season.
The Knicks had no answer for the 25-year-old who was dictating the game throughout the night.
Clarkson is putting up 14.3 ppg, 3.3 apg and 2.9 rpg this season for the 17-29 Lakers.
The victory was the fifth consecutive win at home for the Purple and Gold after beginning the campaign 6-14 at Staples Center.
Head coach Luke Walton credits the team's defence for this recent winning run in front of their own fans in L.A.
"Defence. That was the only message at halftime," Lakers coach Luke Walton said, per ESPN. "During our home win streak, we have been really, really good defensively."
It has been a rocky campaign for Los Angeles and despite some notable performances, they haven't quite lived up to the hype that surrounded them in the summer.
Much of that was centred on rookie point guard Lonzo Ball who has more or less mirrored the inconsistent form of the team.
But even though they've suffered injuries to Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in recent games, they have still managed to stay competitive and win games.
One bright spot has been the performances of Clarkson for much of the year as he's put himself firmly in contention for the Sixth Man of the Year award and is a key reason why they have one of the best benches in the NBA.
On Tuesday night, they'll have another chance to make a statement as they entertain the Eastern Conference leaders, Boston Celtics.
The C's are currently on a three-game losing streak and will be desperate to end this run under the bright lights in Tinseltown.
The Celtics won their first encounter earlier in the season and the Lakers will be keen to get revenge and add another scalp to their list this year.News Now - Sport News