Los Angeles loses its first-round pick this year and in 2019 if it falls outside of the top-three.
D’Angelo Russell wins it for the @Lakers!
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) April 10, 2017
He immediately ran over and hugged his family members.
Following grandmother’s passing this morning, D’Angelo Russell runs to hug family immediately after hitting game-winner pic.twitter.com/yeNLOyObVo
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) April 10, 2017
Russell finished with just 16 points, but got the game’s deciding shot to drop after Metta World Peace bricked a corner three. The shot was made possible after Larry Nance Jr. rejected Ricky Rubio at the rim with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
It was an amazing sequence to watch.
The win, however, hurt the Lakers (25-55), who lose their first-round pick in this year’s and 2019’s NBA Draft if it lands outside of the top-three. Los Angeles, who has now won four straight games, has only a 48.6-percent chance the pick falls into the top-three after the draft lottery. They trail the league-worst Brooklyn Nets (20-60) and the Phoenix Suns (24-57).
So even though Russell and a young Lakers team have a lot to smile about tonight, management might not be too happy if luck isn’t on their side in June.