LeBron And Ball Make History; Lakers Sting The Hornets, 128-100
CHARLOTTE--LeBron James and Lonzo Ball entered the record books, becoming the first pair of Lakers' teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since 1982, as Los Angeles walloped the Charlotte Hornets in front of a sellout crowd at Spectrum Center on Saturday night, 128-100.
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“We were getting beat. LeBron [James] beats you to the rim," said head coach James Borrego. They’re a very talented, long and athletic team. You saw that tonight. They were just getting downhill, beating us and we had trouble staying in front of them."
Charlotte rookie Miles Bridges finished with a career-high 17 points, three rebounds and two blocks this evening (prev: 16, vs. NOP, 12/2). His 15 points come on 5-11 shooting, including 2-6 from three.
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Most of the buzz after the game centered on LeBron James and Lonzo Ball who both posted triple doubles, something that head coach Luke Walton said doesn't happen by mistake.
“They play basketball and they know how to make the right decisions," Walton said. "I thought they were both very aggressive on both ends of the floor making sure we didn’t lose two in a row. It’s something that we talk about as a team and they are both such brilliant playmakers that when they are aggressive and they can get in the lane it puts a lot of pressure on another team’s defense and with LeBron we are used to him doing that.”
Jason Kidd and Vince Carter are the most recent teammates to accomplish the feat, having done so on April 7, 2007. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson did it for the Lakers in 1982.