LaMelo Ball ends up being youngest NBA gamer with triple-double
The 19-year-old Ball replaced Markelle Fultz as the youngest NBA player to tape a triple-double by 177 days.
Ball, the third general choice in the NBA draft, was 9 of 13 from the field as the Hornets handed the struggling Hawks their fourth straight loss. He became just the fifth novice in NBA history to tape-record a triple-double and the very first Hornets gamer ever to reach that plateau coming off the bench.
Terry Rozier scored 23 points for the Hornets.
Ball just missed out on the first triple-double of his career in the Hornets’ win Friday night over the Pelicans, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 9 helps. Ball turned it on the 2nd half and produced the record when he drove the lane and dished out to Rozier for a 3-pointer.
Webcam Reddish scored 21 points and De’Andre Hunter had 20 for the Hawks. Atlanta’s Trae Young had a hard time all night, shooting 5 of 19 from the flooring to complete with 15 points and 10 assists.
The Hornets shot 57.5% from the field in the first half to construct a 59-50 lead, while holding the Hawks to 36%.
Hawks: Bogdan Bogdanovic got the start over Reddish however left in the 2nd quarter with a knee injury and did not return.
Hornets: Charlotte came in leading the league in assists and had 27 against the Hawks. … Gordon Hayward ended up with 13 points after averaging 35 points over the previous 2 games.
Hawks: Return home Monday night to host the 76ers, the very first meeting of the groups this season.
Hornets: Back home on Monday night versus the Hawks as they continue an intense stretch of six video games in nine nights.