Lonzo Ball finally shot 50 percent from the floor, but much like the last meeting, the night belonged to De’Aaron Fox.
This meeting came between Ball’s Lakers and Fox’s Kings — and the host Kings emerged with a 113-102 victory Wednesday. Fox’s team also got the better of Ball’s last time, when Fox and Kentucky held off Ball and UCLA in the NCAA tournament in March.
Now, the rookie guards are part of a different game, a different environment, and oftentimes, different outcomes than they experienced with their winning college programs.
Neither is their team’s top player, although both are expected to come close to that someday.
The Kings were actually led by Willie Cauley-Stein, who scored 26 points off the bench. Zach Randolph scored 22, Bogdan Bogdanovic had 14 and Fox had 13.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 20 points, and rookie Kyle Kuzma scored 17. Ball finished with 11 points and 11 assists, shooting 4-of-8 from the floor.