In the NBA’s first battle between Lonzo Ball and LaMelo Ball, it was the younger brother who came out on top.
The rookie LaMelo helped lead his Charlotte Hornets to a 118-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. In the process, he nearly made some history with a stat line of 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
One more assist would have made Ball the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Instead, he’ll just have to be satisfied with the win and the knowledge that he buried a 3-pointer in his brother’s face:
LaMelo hit the step-back three over Lonzo 👌 pic.twitter.com/S9xVxbMP8B
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 9, 2021
Lonzo finished with five points, two rebounds and three assists. The two brothers combined to shoot 6-of-20 from the field, but LaVar Ball won’t need an efficient shooting night to be proud of his children.
Friday’s game could be our best evidence yet that LaMelo, a divisive talent when he was selected third overall in the 2020 NBA draft, can be a star in this league. Entering Friday, Ball was averaging 11.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists, already showing improvement after an NBA debut to forget.
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