D'Angelo Russell takes on Fred Van Vleet. Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) defends Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors entered Tuesday’s road game against the Brooklyn Nets with a 49-17 record to Brooklyn’s 21-46 mark, but it was the Nets that led 67-57 at the half. A big part of that was about Brooklyn guard D’Angelo Russell (seen above against Toronto’s Fred Van Vleet), who posted an outrageous 24 points in less than seven minutes of game time in the first quarter, including going 7 for 7 from deep (and hitting three free throws after he was fouled on another three-point attempt). Here’s a look at his threes:

That’s some NBA Jam-level “He’s on fire!” there, D’Angelo. And that’s a nice reminder of how good Russell can be. After all, he was the number-two overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 draft, and he had some good moments with them (including averaging 15.6 points and 4.8 assists per game in 2017), but he battled through plenty of injuries there, and it’s been easy to lose track of him following his June 2017 trade to the basement-dwelling Nets and then his November knee injury, which caused him to miss 32 games.

When he has played, though, Russell has been solid, averaging 15.7 points and 4.9 assists per game. And stretches like this show what he’s capable of. This was not just good, it was historically good:

Russell just turned 22 last month, too. If he can stay healthy, we may have many more shooting performances like this to look forward to.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.