Lonzo Ball scored 11 points, passed for 11 assists and grabbed a whopping 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rode the prized rookie’s second triple-double to a 127-109 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
Ball tied LeBron James as the youngest player to compile his second triple-double — at 20 years and 23 days. James did it, at the same age, back in 2005 as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ball’s first career triple-double came eight days before this one, in a loss at Milwaukee.
“You should always play better in front of your fans, so I’m just trying to put on a good show for them and win at the same time,” Ball told reporters in LA.
Julius Randle added 24 points for the Lakers (7-10), and Brook Lopez scored 21. Jordan Clarkson, the guard some Lakers supporters would like to see start ahead of Ball, tacked on 18.
Meanwhile, both Nuggets coach Mike Malone and center Nikola Jokic were ejected after receiving technicals in the second quarter.
Gary Harris led the Nuggets (9-7) with 20 points, and Wilson Chandler scored 17.
Nuggets forward Paul Millsap left the game with a sprained left wrist. The extent of the injury had not been determined as of early Monday morning.