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Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell sprains ankle on bad luck play, leaves game not to return

This was just unfortunate.

Midway through the first quarter Thursday night, the Warriors’ Donte DiVincenzo drove the lane for a layup, and his momentum carried him back into the stanchion. As he started to move back onto the court, the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell stepped back to inbound the ball, and in doing so stepped on DiVincenzo’s foot and rolled his ankle. Russell left the game and did not return.

X-rays were negative and Russell was optimistic after the game it was not serious, although with ankle injuries it’s how they feel the next day that is telling. The Lakers are off until Sunday when they start a 3-game road trip in Dallas against the new-look Mavericks.

Dennis Schroder stepped up for the Lakers starting the second half, and the Lakers pulled away in the third to eventually get a comfortable 124-111 win over the Curry-less Warriors. Malik Beasley was the hot hand and led the Lakers with 25 in a game they needed to win over a team they will be fighting against for playoff/play-in positioning.