Kyrie Irving, D'Angelo Russell Both Score 40-Plus in Cavaliers' Win vs. Lakers

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

Los Angeles Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, right, is pressured by Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles were treated to a great point guard battle as both Kyrie Irving and D'Angelo Russell reached the 40-point mark Sunday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers earned a 125-120 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that didn't feature much defense. Irving totaled 46 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the field, helping Cleveland use a 43-point fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Russell was nearly as impressive in defeat, totaling 40 points on 14-of-22 shooting, knocking down seven three-pointers to go with six assists and just one turnover.

Unfortunately, Russell's minus-11 ended up telling the story in the narrow loss.

Russell put his mark in Lakers history with his performance, per the Elias Sports Bureau (h/t Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News):

The NBA account provided highlights of the one-on-one showdown:

While no one else on Los Angeles topped 20 points, Irving had help in the form of LeBron James (34 points, seven assists, six rebounds) and Kevin Love (21 points, 15 rebounds).

This helped Cleveland overcome a 10-point deficit going into the fourth quarter and pull out the road victory.