NBA World reacts to LaMelo Ball story

Tanya Simon
January 12, 2021

LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 on Saturday night for their third straight win. 'I know that's supposed to happen'.

'A 19-year-old rookie does not look like this, ' Hornets coach James Borrego said.

Ball (19 years and 140 days old) beat out former number one pick Markelle Fultz (19 years and 317 days) for the record, which was also previously held by, among others, Luka Doncic and Ball's brother Lonzo.

'He's a tall point guard who can pass, can rebound and he's a smart player, ' said Atlanta's Trae Young.

'He's not rattled by the moment. After securing his rebound early in the period, Ball found P.J. Washington on the roll after a ball screen and the forward converted his fadeaway jumper for Ball's triple-double. "He might throw it behind his head, behind his back or straight to you", joked Washington, who had 22 points and was on the receiving end of several of Ball's passes. "It's always fun playing with a guy like that". There was no immediate update on his injury.

LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets attempts a lay up during the third quarter of their game against the Atlanta Hawks at Spectrum Center on January 09, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gordon Hayward finished with 13 points after averaging 35 points over the past two games.

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Malik Beasley scored 29 points on 7-for-11 shooting from 3-point range, his last make pulling the Timberwolves within three points with 37 seconds left.

"You never get too high or too low", Young said.

Hardaway and Burke took on expanded roles to help Dallas get over.500 for the first time this season with starters Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith and backup point guard Jalen Brunson sidelined by COVID-19 protocols.

"I love blocking shots because it gets us out in transition", Washington said.

The Sacramento Kings lost for the second consecutive night with a 125-99 defeat by the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Phoenix Suns avenged their loss at the hands of the Detroit Pistons the previous night by beating the Indiana Pacers 125-117.

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