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Ball Surpasses James, Becomes Youngest to Get Triple-Double

Kristopher Love | 12 November, 2017, 09:26

The Lakers' previous record for youngest player to record a triple-double was Earvin "Magic" Johnson at 20 years and 75 days, accomplished by the Lakers' legend in 1979. In addition, the no. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft swiped two steals and recorded a block shot before heading to the locker room.

Entering the matchup against the Bucks, Ball was averaging 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game, shooting just 29.2 percent from the field, as well as 22.0 percent from downtown. Ball had been under fire in recent weeks for his historically-bad shooting numbers. The point guard knocked down only two of his 16 shots (0 for three from three-point territory) and finished with seven points.

As aptly described by ESPN, Ball put on a passing clinic while playing against a team coached by Jason Kidd, the player the Lakers rookie has drawn most comparisons with.

Fellow Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma added a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

It was just a matter of time before Lonzo Ball got his first career triple-double. He had 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds in the first half alone. When James, who was Ball's favorite player growing up, recorded his historic triple-double, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward was in the second half of his second season in the National Basketball Association. Johnson made the call after Ball became the first rookie to notch up the statistical milestone during the Las Vegas Summer League.

He's done it at 20 years and 15 days, during the Lakers' 98-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Lonzo is going to play his game.