Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Magic Johnson weighs in on Lonzo Ball's shot

Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2017, 12:50

With Clarkson and Brewer combining for 24 points in the second half, the Lakers got a much-needed 100-93 win over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Devin Booker had 36 points, his second consecutive game of at least 35, for the Suns.

Ball has stuffed the stat sheet in his 14 appearances to date, as he's averaging 9.5 points, 7.2 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game and recently became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double.

After struggling with his shooting earlier this season, Ball got his first career triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in Saturday's loss to the Bucks and became the youngest National Basketball Association player to accomplish the feat at age 20 years, 15 days.

Walton commented on his decision to go with Clarkson over Ball by saying: "It's tough and it's a feel thing".

"I thought we did a great job taking care of the ball", Lopez said.

"I think it's a fine line because what you have to do is first, he's been shooting that way his whole life", Magic told Mike & Mike on Monday.

"I thought the 3-pointers were the difference in the game", Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. "For any of our young guys to sit there and if a vet's having a good game like Brewer was tonight, seeing how hard he works and seeing how he stayed ready even though he hadn't been playing big minutes, is part of the developmental plan for them".

The score was tied 81-81 after Bender's left-handed driving layup with 7:25 to play. Phoenix, loser of six of its last seven, never got closer than six after that and Clarkson's 3 made it 98-88 with 2:43 to go.

Clarkson scored five points as the Lakers closed the third with a 9-4 run to take a one-point lead into the fourth.

After drilling 41.2 percent of his three-point attempts a year ago at UCLA, Ball is also only shooting 25 percent from deep in the National Basketball Association.

He had 19 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds and at 20 years and 15 days old, beat James' record by just five days.

Lakers: Open a four-game home stand against Philadelphia on Wednesday night.