In 34 minutes, Ball finished with 14 points (4-of-12 shooting, 1-of-3 from three), nine rebounds and seven assists, helping the Lakers punch a ticket to Sunday's Sin City semifinals.
As was the case in his last two outings, Ball looked to pass first.
That much was clear in the first quarter, when he hit Kyle Kuzma with a three-quarters-court dime for an easy layup:
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Court vision 👀 https://t.co/RB0Pgpk6kC2017-7-16 03:51:57
Although he worked his way into double figures, the No. 2 overall pick couldn't establish a rhythm and air-balled a pair of first-half attempts as he started 1-of-4 from the field.
Shots started to fall with a bit more regularity in the second half, including a slick mid-range floater midway through the fourth quarter, but it was Ball's vision that kept the Lakers' offense flowing, as Lakers.com's Mike Trudell observed:
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Now 5 dimes for @ZO2_. Since LAL players know they’ll get the ball from Lonzo if they get open, they’ve been ready to shoot when it comes.2017-7-16 02:42:10
The NBA's official Twitter account provided one example of Ball's selflessness paying dividends when he picked up a clutch hockey assist in the fourth quarter:
The extra pass works wonders for the @Lakers! Final game of the #NBASummer Quarterfinals round getting good on ESPNU! https://t.co/BA9D6d1cyj2017-7-16 03:33:04
Lonzo's sneakers also commanded considerable attention on a night when his performance left something to be desired.
After he laced up in Nikes and Adidas rather than his signature Big Baller Brand ZO2s over the past two games, Ball decided to rock Stephen Curry's signature Under Armour kicks Saturday:
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Lonzo Ball in the Under Armour Curry 4 during Summer League https://t.co/njasS5W3dJ2017-7-16 02:37:40
That wasn't an accident.
"It's making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind," his father, LaVar Ball, told ESPN.com's Darren Rovell prior to the game. "The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players."
With the Lakers moving on to play the the Dallas Mavericks and No. 9 overall pick Dennis Smith Jr. on Sunday, Ball's shoe selection will undoubtedly be under the microscope again as the Purple and Gold eye a berth in the Las Vegas Summer League title tilt.