DALLAS, TX - MARCH 07:  D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on March 7, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consentinIt's been a 2016-17 season filled with criticism for D'Angelo Russell, but the second-year Lakers guard had an answer for critics on Sunday night against the Cavaliers.

In his return to the starting lineup, Russell delivered a performance that reminded us why he was selected second overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. He finished the night with a career-high 40 points, becoming the youngest player in Lakers history to hit the 40-point mark.

Russell also hit seven threes and recorded six assists with just one turnover.

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