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Former Ohio State star D’Angelo Russell ties career high in birthday comeback for Brooklyn

The first-time NBA All-Star scored his team’s final 12 points to knock off the Hornets.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday was a big day for former Ohio State basketball star D’Angelo Russell. Not only was it the guard’s 23rd birthday, but he also tied his career scoring-high (40 points) en route to helping his Brooklyn Nets come back against the Charlotte Hornets.

Trailing by 111-103 with 3:12 remaining, after the Nets’ Joe Harris hit a pair of free throws, Russell scored 12 straight points for Brooklyn, enough to eek out a thrilling 117-115 victory on the road. The victory gets the Nets to one game over .500 (31-30).

In addition to Russell’s 40 points, he turned in seven assists as well. On the season, he is averaging 20.2 points, 6.7 assists per game, and 1.1 steals per contest, all of which lead the squad. He also made the first All-Star team of his career in 2019 as well.

The Nets currently sit at sixth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, now two games clear of the Hornets in seventh.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday, DLo!