For most, last night’s contest against the Thunder was just another Lakers game in a long, lost season.
However, it was a special night for Asian-American guards Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson, who started in the Lakers’ backcourt together for the first time and made history at the same time.
Lin’s parents are Taiwanese, while Clarkon’s mother is Filipino, and the guards playing together marked the first time that an NBA starting backcourt has featured two Asian-American players.
After the game, Lin posted a photo of himself and Clarkson to Instagram to commemorate the occasion.
He also congratulated the Lakers rookie on his career-high 30-point performance.
“Proud to make history tonight with @jclark5on,” Lin wrote, “first ever starting Asian-American backcourt in the NBA!! Proud of rook for that 30-piece too! #asianinvasion #halfasiancounts”
While the Thunder would end up beating the Lakers, Lin and Clarkson still put on a show as they combined for 49 points and 14 assists on the night they made NBA history together.