Russell told Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet he learned of his grandmother's death Sunday morning and hit the shot for her.
He added additional details:
According to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, Lakers head coach Luke Walton said Russell wasn't going to play Sunday but wanted to take the court.
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The Ohio State product finished with 16 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals in the victory, which was Los Angeles' fourth in a row.
The 21-year-old is part of a young Lakers core hoping to bring consistent winning back to Los Angeles in the near future, but Sunday's shot gave him a memorable moment in the present.