Lonzo Ball nearly passed LeBron James to become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he piled up 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' 132-130 win over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday night.
The statistical eruption served as a nice palette cleanser for the No. 2 overall pick—who sputtered to three points, four assists and nine rebounds in his NBA debut Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 19-year-old passed with poise throughout, and dimes came in all shapes and forms, including a sweet little one-handed hook pass to a diving Kyle Kuzma in the second quarter:
There were also smooth transition bounce passes to baseline cutters:
Last but not least, Ball flashed veteran touch on the break to capitalize on a Suns turnover:
As if the deft dishes weren't impressive enough, Ball brought an array of scoring chops to the table as he shot 12-of-27 from the field and 4-of-9 from three a night after he managed a single made field goal.
With everything working, Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd, Turner Sports' Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and The Athletic's Sam Vecenie noted Ball looked at ease versus an admittedly porous Suns defense:
Ball's comfort on offense was particularly evident down the stretch when he attacked the rim at will and rattled off six straight points to give the Lakers an eight-point lead with 1:35 remaining.
The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears pointed out Ball's revised approach was likely the result of some inspiration from his father:
While the Lakers nearly choked things away late, a pair of missed free throws courtesy of TJ Warren with a shade over a second left in regulation allowed them to escape with their first win of the season.