Lakers’ Lonzo Ball joins Magic Johnson, Jerry West with rare stat line
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Charlotte Hornets Saturday night by a final score of 128-100, and second-year point guard Lonzo Ball had a stat line that only two other Laker greats have had.
Lonzo Ball finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals, becoming the first Laker in 30 years to record that type of stat line. Only two other Lakers have done it: Magic Johnson, and the logo himself, Jerry West.
Lonzo Ball becomes the 1st Laker in 30 years to deliver a 15p/10r/10a/5s performance. Only two other Lakers have done it: Magic, Jerry West.
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) December 16, 2018
Last season in Milwaukee, Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. He was five days younger than LeBron James, who did it with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, Ball has etched his name next to Magic Johnson and Jerry West. Not bad company to be with.
With the win over the Hornets, the Lakers are now 18-11 on the season. Lonzo Ball played 35 minutes in this one. His minutes will continue to be heavy until backup guard Rajon Rondo returns from his broken hand.
On top of the triple-double and five steals, Lonzo Ball shot 7-of-11 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also held Hornets star point guard Kemba Walker to just four points on 2-of-13 shooting. Ball has been playing elite defense all season.