The Lakers’ rookie who once said, “Don’t nobody listen to Nas no more,” channeled another 90’s rapper on Saturday night when he messed around and got a triple-double. Scoring 19 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 13 assists.
Ball reached double-digits in three statistical categories at the age of 20 years and 15 days, beating out the previous record held by James at 20 years and 20 days.
Three-point shots were falling for the first time this season for Ball and at one point he was three for three from deep. He finished the game three for five, but his performance was impressive.
At one point in the second quarter, Ball assisted on three straight Lakers buckets and the team looked comfortable playing at an accelerated pace.
Ball had been called a bust in the media during the past week, but his performance on Saturday silenced many.
The team’s second first-round pick, Kyle Kuzma, also played well in his second game in the starting line-up. The 22-year old recorded another double-double, by scoring a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was too much for the team handle playing on his home court. He continued his MVP-caliber season by recording 33 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block. His energy and length was a factor whenever he was on the court.
The Lakers primary issue was failing to gain ground on the Bucks when Antetokounmpo was out of the game. He leads the league in minutes played, but sat out more often on Saturday. Guards Malcom Brogdon and Khris Middleton were able to keep the Bucks’ lead large enough.