Something clicked for D’Angelo Russell offensively Sunday, but as the rest of the starting group struggled to contribute, Russell’s impact didn’t lead to a win.
After two consecutive blowout losses, the Lakers were more competitive. Still, they fell to the Detroit Pistons, 102-97, at Staples Center.
Russell scored 20 points, 18 of them in the first three quarters, during which time he made nine of 15 shots. He also had seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and five turnovers.
“I say it’s just a mentality,” Russell said. “I’m taking what the defense gives me. They were all over a few of our sets that I was...