Video: D'Angelo Russell walks the dog off his feet and trips out of bounds

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers were in a dogfight on Sunday night. A dogfight for one of the worst records in the NBA this season, but a dogfight nonetheless, so Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell figured he’d take the dog for a walk with the score tied at 63 in the final minute of the first half.

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Only Russell made the blooper of all bloopers when he tried to pick up the ball at three-quarter court, kicking it — twice — before falling over his own feet and watching it out of bounds for a turnover:

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I think Lakers teammate Julius Randle’s responses spoke for everyone:

It’s not that funny …
It’s not that funny …
… but it’s pretty funny.
… but it’s pretty funny.

It’s one thing to fall flat on your face when you’re trying to drive past a defender, as Minnesota Timberwolves wing Lance Stephenson recently did, but it’s another to do it with nobody around.

Not to worry: Russell responded by fouling Sixers forward Shawn Long on the ensuing inbounds pass, seemingly as though he believed the Lakers had a foul to give. The result was two free throws for Philadelphia. Thankfully, L.A. backcourt mate Jordan Clarkson answered Long’s free throws with a bucket, bailing out Russell, since Sergio Rodriguez failed to convert the 76ers’ two-for-one chance.

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So, the Lakers remained tied at the half. However, Philly ended up pulling out a 118-116 win, so those two freebies came in pretty handy come crunch time. Russell finished with 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting (1-of-6 from 3-point range and 0-for-0 from the free throw line), seven assists, four rebounds, three turnovers and a blooper for the ages, so it wasn’t the best night for the sophomore point guard.

As for the rest of us, at least he gave us a gift we can take with us for the rest of our lives.

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Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don’t Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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