On Saturday, Charlotte Hornets defeated Atlanta Hawks 113-105, however the big news was a record achieved by the young prodigy LaMelo Ball. The Chino Hills native became the youngest player in NBA history to score a triple-double.
At 19 years and 140 days old, Ball scored 22 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists. In this way, he has surpassed Markelle Fultz’s record (19 years and 317 days).
Besides that, the Californian became the fifth rookie in NBA history to record a triple-double.
“I live my life and I know what I’m capable of, so stuff like this doesn’t move me like that, I know that’s supposed to happen,” Balls said to the American press after the match.
Hornets head coach James Borrego was also pleasantly surprised by his player’s achievement: “A 19-year-old rookie does not look like this, this is rare what you’re seeing.”
On the other hand, he is the first Hornets player to come off the bench to score a triple-double.
Ball was the third overall pick in the 2020 draft. In fact, he could have reached his first triple-double two nights earlier with his 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in his team’s win over his brother Lonzo’s New Orleans Pelicans. However, he narrowly missed it.