Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball is continuing to learn on the job, and he has been taught some tough lessons in the season’s first week.
But he passed the test Wednesday, as the Lakers overcame a 10-point deficit to top John Wall and the Washington Wizards in a 102-99 overtime thriller.
“It’d be a lot easier to win if I made some shots, but I’m gonna rebound,” Ball told reporters. “I’m gonna try to defend every time I can and I’m gonna find the open man.”
Ball finished with just six points on a miserable 2-of-11 shooting, including 0-of-5 on 3-pointers. But he did pass for 10 assists and pull down eight boards.
That’s compared to Wall’s 18 points and nine assists.
But for the Lakers (2-2), the win truly was a team-wide effort in the truest sense. Brandon Ingram scored 19 points, including a tip-in to tie it at the end of regulation. Larry Nance Jr. added 18 on 8-of-10 shooting and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 14, including a huge 3-pointer.
Bradley Beal paced the Wizards with 28 points.
“No one was playing selfish,” Ball said. “When we do that, play for one another, we have a good chance of winning.”