THE kids are alright in LA, specifically the young trio of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and D'Angelo Russell, as they led the Lakers' rout of the Orlando Magic, 107-98 - a fitting follow-up to their jaw-dropping win over the league-leading Golden State Warriors for a rare back-to-back victories this season.
Clarkson, Randle, and Russell combined for 74 points against the Magic with each of them scoring at least 20 in the same game for the first time, giving the Lakers hope for a bright future after a series of embarassing seasons for the storied franchise.
Russell led all scorers with 27 while Randle matched his career high at 23 and added 11 rebounds. But the game belonged to Clarkson, who finished with 24 and sank five triples, including a shot-clock beating dagger late in the fourth quarter.
Clarkson also had the highlight of the game with his filthy crossover on Magic guard Evan Fournier before sinking a three at the 3:15 mark of the second quarter.
The Fil-Am guard, though, tried to be modest when he was asked about the ankle breaker in an interview with Lakersnation.com after the game. But he could barely hide his excitement in recalling what happened and called the crossover one of the most memorable highlights of his young career.
"I didn't know it was that bad until somebody showed me the video on Instagram, but that was probably one of my top three," a smiling Clarkson said when asked if it was his favorite anklebreaker in a young career.
"I was just seeing the basket, and then I just heard the crowd so it just kinda gave me the energy to shoot it," he added.
The Lakers now stand at 14-51, the worst in the West, but have been rolling recently after winning three of their last five games. Up next is the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) where the Lakers look for their third straight win in what would be the final match-up between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Clarkson, though, still remembers the last time both teams met, when Kyrie Irving exploded for 35 points. He hopes the Lakers sustain their teamwork and execution, and have some adjustments on defense to exact some revenge on the Cavs.
"Just come out here competing, keep trying to put it all together like we're doing now, and keep playing agrressive on the defensive end," he said.
"We got to keep Kyrie out of the lane. We know LeBron is a load so we're just gonna try to go out there and get the win," added Clarkson.
Watch the whole interview below.