Lonzo Ball, LeBron James first Lakers teammates with have 10+ assists since Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol
The new Los Angeles Lakers duo of Lonzo Ball and LeBron James achieved a milestone Friday.
Though the Lakers dropped their road game against the San Antonio Spurs, 133-120, it was a game to remember for James and Ball. They became the first Lakers teammates to dish out 10+ assists since 2013.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) December 8, 2018
The last Lakers duo to do so was the legendary tandem of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, who did it against the Sacramento Kings on March 30, 2013.
In their 103-98 win against the Kings, Bryant finished with 19 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds to tease a triple-double performance. Gasol meanwhile scored 12 points and dished out 10 assists to also finish with a double-double for the Lakers.
It took five years and eight months before this feat was matched again. LeBron James finished with a team-high of 35 points on 13-of-28 shooting from the floor. He also dished out 11 assists, grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded two steals in the process.
Lonzo Ball had 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting. He had 11 assists as well and four rebounds.
The Lakers and the Spurs met just a couple of days ago at the Staples Center. But the outcome then was different as LeBron James exploded for 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead his team to a 121-113 win.
In this game, however, the case was different, as it was the Spurs, who had a dominant fourth quarter. They outscored L.A. 44-21 in the final period to record their 12th win of the season.