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Lonzo Ball appeared on tempo for his first profession triple-double by way of three quarters of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 111-95 loss to the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on Thursday evening.
But in what amounted to a different inconsistent displaying, the No. 2 general choose could not muster the ultimate two badists and two rebounds he wanted to hit the statistical benchmark.
As a end result, Ball completed with 10 factors, eight dimes, eight boards and two steals because the Lakers dropped their second straight recreation.
Had he managed to gather the pair of badists and pair of rebounds he wanted, Ball (20 years, 13 days outdated) would have handed LeBron James and turn into the youngest participant in league historical past to document a triple-double. James achieved the feat at 20 years and 20 days outdated on January 19, 2005.
One day after Ball advised ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman taking pictures struggles have been in his “head,” he did not do a lot to quell issues over his shaky soar shot.
In 29 minutes, the UCLA product shot Three-of-12 from the sector, together with 1-of-7 from three.
Ball, who entered the evening taking pictures 29.5 p.c from the sector and 23.1 p.c from three, has now shot underneath 50 p.c in each recreation this season and hasn’t topped greater than 5 made discipline objectives in a recreation since Oct. 31 in opposition to the Detroit Pistons.
Elias Sports Bureau (through ESPN Stats & Info) broke down Ball’s taking pictures struggles from a historic perspective:
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
After going Three-of-12 within the loss to the Wizards, Lonzo Ball has the 2nd-worst FG pct by way of 12 video games within the shot-clock period (through @EliasSports) https://t.co/7joq4wv1B7
Charles Barkley, your ideas?
NBA on TNT @NBAonTNT
Chuck has no filter in relation to Lonzo’s taking pictures… ? https://t.co/nY5dx4sQ9P
However, the efficiency did characterize Ball’s first double-figure displaying since that win over the Pistons and his third to this point this season.
As far as highlights have been involved, Ball did not contribute many.
In reality, his solely notable bucket got here on his first contact of the sport when he received the Lakers on the board with a clean reverse layup:
There have been additionally a number of sharp pbades within the pick-and-roll and on the break, because the Lakers’ official Twitter account documented:
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Lonzo and Kuzma working the choose and roll to perfection #LakeShow (?: @SpectrumSN & @spectdeportes) https://t.co/KdUv4YlDGQ
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Zo runs the break and feeds Ingram for the one-handed slam! #LakeShow (?: @SpectrumSN & @spectdeportes) https://t.co/GXCScCkU7j
The Washington Times‘ Todd Dybas additionally famous Ball did not seem like urgent or stat-chasing with a triple-double in sight:
Todd Dybas @Todd_Dybas
Lonzo isn’t having an awesome evening, however he has Eight-Eight-Eight. This is why individuals should like enjoying with him. No sulking. Shares the ball. Rebounds.
John Wall, in the meantime, helped the Wizards avenge their Oct. 25 loss to the Lakers with 23 factors, eight boards, 5 badists, three blocks and two steals.
He additionally welcomed Brook Lopez to the nation’s capital with a vicious left-handed slam:
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
JOHN. WALL. LEFT. HAND. ? https://t.co/4ozbXji67w
After strutting a little bit of swagger on each ends in opposition to the Lakers, Wall and the Wizards will attempt to safe a second straight win Saturday once they host the Atlanta Hawks.
The Lakers can even be in motion Saturday as they try to snap their two-game highway dropping skid versus the Milwaukee Bucks.