UNC Basketball: Danny Green’s big game helps fuel Lakers to win

Former UNC basketball star and Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green comes up big against Pelicans on Friday night

Former University of North Carolina standout and current Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Danny Green put together one of his best performances of the season on Friday night.

The 11-year NBA veteran scored 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor, and 6-of-10 from three-point range. Green’s nine makes were his second-most in a game this season, and it was the third time in the last three months that he’s connected on six or more three-pointers in a game. Not only that, Green added five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 33 minutes of play. He didn’t commit a single turnover, and had a game-high plus-27 plus/minus.

Green’s scoring numbers and efficiency are down this season, but he’s still connecting on his three-point attempts at a near-39 percent clip. And his accuracy from two-point range is up almost six percent. He’s also playing his usual terrific perimeter defense, and helping space the floor for LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the rest of the Lakers’ offense.

For the season, he’s averaging 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He’s hitting 42.9 percent of his shots from the floor, and 38.6 percent of his threes. And he remains one of his team’s best defenders and long-range shooters.

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