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):
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Per Elias Sports Bureau, D’Angelo Russell (21 years, 24 days old) is youngest Lakers player with at least 40 points in a regular season game2017-3-20 04:00:41
The NBA account provided highlights of the one-on-one showdown:
Buckets. Watch the thrilling Kyrie/D-Lo PG Duel! #LakeShow #DefendtheLand https://t.co/3x8Nabr9L82017-3-20 04:04:05
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.