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Lonzo Ball beats LeBron James to become youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double

At 20 years and 15 days, the Lakers star lights up the court despite loss to the Bucks

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 November, 2017, 2:30pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 November, 2017, 2:30pm

With his brother stuck in China after being accused of shoplifting, Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his side’s loss to the Bucks.

It was Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 33 points that helped Milwaukee overcome Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers in a 98-90 win.

Ball had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. At 20 years and 15 days, he beat LeBron James by four days to become the youngest to accomplish the feat. Milwaukee used a 9-2 run at the end of the third quarter to grab a 77-67 lead.

The Bucks maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the fourth. After the Lakers pulled within seven with just over five minutes left, Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk while being fouled.

He made the free throw to grow the Bucks’ lead back to 10 points. He followed with a twisting lay-up on the next possession as the Bucks gained control.

Ball had 11 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the half. He made just three of 12 shots in a loss at Washington on Thursday, but finished 7-for-12 and made 3-of-5 shots from three-point range against the Bucks.

Trailing 34-28 in the second quarter, Lakers used a 13-2 run to go up 41-36. The Bucks responded and a late basket by Khris Middleton gave Milwaukee a 51-49 lead at the half.

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Coming off a game in which he made just one of seven three-point attempts, Ball began by draining both of his three-point attempts in the first quarter.

The near-capacity crowd booed Ball nearly every time he touched the ball early in the game.