Lakers’ Ball becomes youngest player to record triple-double

MILWAUKEE — Although the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Milwaukee Bucks on the road Saturday night, 98-90, rookie point guard Lonzo Ball made history in the defeat and showed why he was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Ball registered a triple-double against the Bucks, racking up 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in 38 minutes. By doing so, Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.

He is five days younger than Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was when he achieved the milestone.

Ball also had his best shooting game of his young career, finishing 7-of-12 overall and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The Lakers’ floor general came into the contest shooting just 29.2 percent from the floor and 22.0 percent from three, but says his confidence is still high.

“I’m going to keep shooting,” Ball told The Vertical. “My teammates, my coaches, everybody — they know I can shoot. They see it in practice. I really don’t give a … I’ve played this way my whole life. In today’s NBA, a lot of point guards get buckets, but I go off my impact and what I can do to win games. It’s not going to be scoring every night, but I’m trying to improve that. The way I play, it comes from Dad. He really don’t care about noise either. My dad had me on lesser teams, so I had to do more and it prepares me.”

The Lakers are now 5-8 on the season.