Clarkson submitted 35 points (13-20 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists and two rebounds across 47 minutes in a 130-119 overtime win over the Timberwolves on Friday.
The points and three-pointers were both career highs for Clarkson, who has established himself as the Lakers' top offensive weapon in the second half of the season. In his 14 appearances since the All-Star break, Clarkson is averaging 19.4 points per game, a nearly six-point jump from his scoring average prior to the break.
Clarkson registered 19 points (8-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six assists and three rebounds over 41 minutes in Sunday's 125-120 loss to the Cavaliers.
Clarkson earned a fourth straight start at point guard but played second fiddle to backcourt mate D'Angelo Russell, who turned in a career-high 40 points while replacing Nick Young (illness) on the night. However, the third-year guard had a strong outing in his own right while playing his highest amount of minutes on the season. Clarkson has now scored at least 19 points in seven straight games and eight of nine March contests overall.
Clarkson will make his third straight start at point guard Friday against the Bucks, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
With former starting point guard D'Angelo Russell turning in a seven-turnover, six-foul effort off the bench in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Rockets, it looks like Clarkson has gained some security in his new role on the top unit. Following the trade of Lou Williams to the Rockets, Clarkson has stepped up to emerge as the Lakers' most consistent scorer since the All-Star break, averaging 19.1 points (on 44.2% shooting from the field), 3.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.4 steals in 31.9 minutes per game during that span. Since Clarkson is considered a part of the team's long-term core, he's not expected to sacrifice many minutes over the final month of the season, even as the Lakers remain eager to improve their position in the draft lottery.
Clarkson posted 19 points (7-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT) with three assists and two rebounds across 33 minutes in Monday's 129-101 loss against the Nuggets.
While Clarkson didn't set a career high like he did last time out, he was still rather productive. It's uncertain how long he'll remain in the starting five in place of D'Angelo Russell but whether he is starting or coming off the bench he is seeing a healthy amount of minutes. He has basically moved into the role vacated by the departed Louis Williams.
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