Rookie Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Los Angeles Lakers lost their third straight with a 98-90 setback to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night at the Bradley Center. "But Ball, playing in his 13th career game, got his first triple-double much quicker than Kidd, who needed 68 games to get his first", wrote Lakers insider Ohm Youngmisuk. Ball also tallied three blocked shots and three steals. Perhaps most impressively, Ball only had one turnover to his name during the break.
The point guard scored 19 points (on a very efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field), dished out 13 assists, and 12 rebounds.
Ball clinched the triple-double with a rebound with 11:39 left in the fourth quarter after Milwaukee's Thon Maker shot an air ball into Ball's hands.
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In spite of John Kelly's self inflicted wound (unsportsmanlike conduct) Jones decision to go for it proves to be the right call. There were big plays from the Tigers and Tennessee's offense had sputtered to get down the field for its two scoring drives.
The triple-double record he broke, by the way, was previously held by LeBron James. Johnson made the call after Ball became the first rookie to notch up the statistical milestone during the Las Vegas Summer League.
Ball was seven-of-12 from the floor Saturday, including three-of-five beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, Ball had his record night in only his 13th game as a professional. The Lakers went 0-3 during their three-game road trip of the East, courtesy losses against the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 33 points and 15 rebounds in the win, but this night will likely be remembered for Ball's historic performance far longer than it will be remembered for the Bucks' winning on an early Saturday night in November.