Heavy-Hearted D’Angelo Russell Hits Game-Winner

by April 10, 2017
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On the day his grandmother passed away, a heavy-hearted D’Angelo Russell steeled himself and dramatically bounced in a game-winner for the Los Angeles Lakers at the buzzer Sunday night.

Russell’s heroics erased monster performances by both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and turned back the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-109.

The 21-year-old says that were it not for a missed flight to his hometown, he wasn’t even supposed to suit up.

Per the LA Daily News:

Russell quickly broke free of his teammatesโ€™ hugs so he could find family members, in the stands. Shortly after, Russell hugged one of his brothers, Antonio, and shed some tears over the recent passing of their grandmother.

 

โ€œItโ€™s just God, honestly,โ€ said Russell, who finished with 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting, four assists and four rebounds. โ€œI just wanted to win. For me to win the game with a game-winning shot, thatโ€™s God putting a cherry on top. A win would have been good enough.โ€

 

โ€œShe was a strong woman. She did a great job raising my dad,โ€ Russell said of his grandmother. โ€œTo piggy back that, my dad did a great job raising his sons and kids in general and being a good father. Thatโ€™sโ€™ what she was put on this Earth for.โ€