D'Angelo Russell Leads Nets' Incredible Comeback Vs Kings, Twitter Trolls the Lakers as a Result

D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell, #1 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on March 19 in Sacramento, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

D'Angelo Russell set a new career-high in points as he inspired the Brooklyn Nets to the most improbable of comebacks on the road against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Trailing by 25 points going into the final period, the Nets rallied to win 123-121 and become only the fourth team since 1954-55 to overcome a 25-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Up until Tuesday, teams that faced a 25-point gap after three quarters had a combined 3-3,208 record, according to ESPN Stats & Information data.

If the comeback was memorable, Russell's fourth quarter performance won't be forgotten in a hurry either. The Nets point guard scored a career-best 44 points, shooting 17-of-33 from the field and six-of-15 from behind the arc.

Of those 44 points, 27 came in the fourth quarter alone as Russell recovered from a scoreless third quarter. The 23-year-old shot 10-of-15 in the final period and scored 16 straight points at one stage.

❄️ Career-high 44 PTS (6 3PM), 12 AST
❄️ 27 4th quarter PTS
❄️ Spark 28-point comeback W@Dloading shines as the @BrooklynNets are victorious in Sacramento! #WeGoHard pic.twitter.com/lb77Wt3Zmx

— NBA (@NBA) March 20, 2019

"Once you get in that groove, it's hard to get you out of it," Russell told the Associated Press. "No matter what defense a team throws at you, you're going to find a way to get it done. That's kind of what it was."

No other player in the NBA has scored as many points in a single fourth quarter in the current campaign and Russell's exploits were widely praised on social media, where the comeback was hailed as one of the moments of the season.

OMG!!!! Just when I thought I ran out of compliments for the @BrooklynNets , these boys just erased a 25-pt deficit to start the 4TH QT. DeAngelo Russell was SPECTACULAR w/ 44 for the game and 27 in the 4th before HOLLIS-Jefferson win it. Sensational Performance.#TakingOverNY

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 20, 2019

Brooklyn Nets with maybe the best comeback of the NBA season. D'Angelo Russell put on a show.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2019

Not sure even Sean Marks’s best laid plans had D’Angelo Russell turning into a mini-James Harden

— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) March 20, 2019

D'Angelo Russell has registered 30+ points and 10+ assists in consecutive games after not doing so in any of his first 261 career games.

He's also the first Net with 30+ points and 10+ assists in consecutive games since Devin Harris in the 2008-09 season. (NetsPR)

— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) March 20, 2019

The hesi the cross the finish the headbutt the mouth. Let em know. This is how you career-high D’Angelo Russell. pic.twitter.com/sV4XSb1fPf

— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 20, 2019

Viewers were also quick to use Russell's performance as a stick to beat the Los Angeles Lakers with. The 16-time NBA champions selected Russell as the number two overall pick in the 2015 draft, but traded him to the Nets in June 2017.

If the #Lakers had hired Jerry West and allowed him to make the basketball decisions, they would probably have D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Paul George the current core and a top 4 Seed. pic.twitter.com/Y7Im4oI6ny

— Frank Martinez (@FrankTalkLA) March 20, 2019

The Los Angeles Lakers are going to wish they had kept D’Angelo Russell over signing LeBron James.

— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) March 20, 2019

D'Angelo Russell finishes with 44 points, 27 in the 4th quarter pic.twitter.com/5AlwUQuxKv

— Ashish Mathur (@amathur90) March 20, 2019

Performances in the last four days:

D'Angelo Russell 44 pts 12 asts 4 stls

Julius Randle 45 pts 11 rebs 6 asts 3 blks 2 stls pic.twitter.com/exc4nBT95g

— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) March 20, 2019

*D’Angelo Russell drops 27 points in the 4th quarter to lead a historic 25pt fourth quarter comeback*

Magic Johnson: pic.twitter.com/3J5qJyhTdR

— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) March 20, 2019

The way the Nets rallied in the final period was even more remarkable considering most of their starters were sat on the bench.

Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson admitted he'd almost written the game off as a loss, until Russell clicked into gear.

"We were at our wits' end; it was kind of desperation," he was quoted as saying by ESPN. "It was a little bit like, 'Let's conserve our main guys and kind of play it out.' I wasn't expecting an amazing comeback, I just have to be honest. And then slowly but surely we started cutting the lead."

Aside from being memorable, the win helped the Nets break a four-game losing streak and improve to 37-36 for the season, extending their gap to the eight-placed Miami Heat to 1.5 games.

More importantly, Brooklyn now holds a three-game advantage over the Orlando Magic, who would be the first team to miss out on the playoffs if the regular season ended today. While the Magic have 11 games to the Nets' nine, it is difficult to see Brooklyn miss out on a postseason berth.

The Kings, meanwhile, slipped to 34-36 for the loss and remain ninth in the Western Conference, a whopping seven games behind the eight-seeded Los Angeles Clippers.