The Lakers needed this win.
Sure, they’re not competing for a playoff berth, but after they day they had off the court, beating the Miami Heat in overtime provided the Lakers and their fans with a much needed sigh of relief.
After Jordan Clarkson’s free throws helped force overtime, it was he, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle who scored all of the Lakers’ 15 points in OT.
Randle would also run down the clock, handle the ball and then make a move into the lane to score the game-winning bucket with just 1.9 seconds remaining in the extra period.
After hitting the big shot, Randle celebrated with the “big balls” dance that was popularized by Sam Cassell and has been used by the likes of Kobe Bryant since then.
These days, players who perform this certain dance are usually fined by the NBA, though Randle probably won’t care. It was a fun way to end what has been a long, difficult day.