Kyle Kuzma is having an incredible rookie year for the Los Angeles Lakers and, with another outstanding performance last night against the San Antonio Spurs, he entered himself into the franchise record books and the NBA record books.
The Lakers defeated the Spurs 122-112 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and Kuzma was the best player on the court on the night, as he finished with 30 points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal, and he was 11-of-23 in shooting from the field.
It ended up being a historical night for the rookie forward. First off, he became the first rookie in NBA history with 1,200 points, 450 rebounds, and 150 3-pointers in a season. His 30 points against San Antonio wrote his name in the Lakers record books as well.
Kuzma’s performance against the Spurs made him the first Lakers rookie since Magic Johnson in 1979-1980 season to have at least four 30-point nights in a season. A truly remarkable achievement that shows this franchise has a lot of promise for the future.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton was impressed with the forward's performance after the game, as he said to ESPN: "Tonight I could tell he wasn't going to ask to come out of that game. He was going to fight through it. Kuz, it's fun watching him compete at that level when he gets in that zone."
The Lakers swept the Spurs this season for the first time since 1997-98, which is a great achievement for such a young team and it shows a lot of encouragement for next season, but Walton is downplaying it since they're going to the playoffs and his team is not.
He said: "To beat them multiple times in a season for a young team that's kind of finding themselves is a nice accomplishment, but they are most likely still going to the playoffs this year and we're not."
After snapping their three-game losing streak against the Spurs, Los Angeles will be looking to continue their winning ways when they play next against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
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