Ball passes LeBron as youngest to triple-double
With this rebound, Lonzo Ball becomes the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double. At 20 years and 15 days, Ball bests LeBron James, who recorded his first at 20 years and 20 days. (0:21)
LeBron James had previously been the youngest to get a triple-double, doing so in the 2004-05 season at 20 years, 20 days.
Ball completed his triple-double when he grabbed his 10th rebound early in the fourth quarter. He also had 13 points and 11 assists at the time.
Ball finished with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, to go with 13 assists and 12 rebounds. He also had 3 steals, 3 blocks and 4 turnovers as the Lakers fell 98-90 for their third straight loss.
It’s perhaps fitting that Ball collected his first triple-double in his first game against Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who is third all time in the department with 107, behind only Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
But Ball, playing in his 13th career game, got his first triple-double much quicker than Kidd, who needed 68 games to get his first.
It took Ball just 15 minutes to reach a double-double Saturday with 11 points and 10 assists. He had six rebounds by halftime and nine by the time he went to the bench for a rest late in the third quarter.
Ball clinched the triple-double with a rebound with 11:39 left in the fourth quarter after Milwaukee’s Thon Maker shot an airball into Ball’s hands.
In July, Johnson, now the Lakers team president, predicted that Ball would be getting multiple triple-doubles as a rookie, after seeing the No. 2 overall pick become the first rookie to get a triple-double in the Las Vegas Summer League.
“You can see that,” Johnson said of Ball, who finished with two triple-doubles in summer league. “If he’s getting triple-doubles in the summer league, he is going to get triple-doubles in the regular season. Just like me, when I got here, there was pressure. I was the No. 1 pick [in 1979]. I didn’t care about that. I am going to play my game. Lonzo is going to play his game. The great ones do.”
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