LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to score a triple-double as Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105.
At 19 years and 140 days old, Ball surpassed Markelle Fultz (19 years and 317 days) to claim the record with his 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
Ball is only the fifth rookie in NBA history to record a triple-double.
“A 19-year-old rookie does not look like this,” said Hornets head coach James Borrego.
Lamelo Ball scores a 40 foot 3 ball. He is on fiiiiiire. Lamelo is 7-7 now.
Triple double 🚨
— Mr. Jones (@SonOfAJones) January 10, 2021
“This is rare what you’re seeing.”
Ball is the first player to come off the bench to score a triple-double for the Hornets, who recorded their third straight win.
The third overall pick in the 2020 draft, he had narrowly missed out on his first triple-double just two nights previously with his 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in his side’s win over his brother Lonzo’s New Orleans Pelicans.
"He’s not fazed by the moment. It’s like he’s been doing this for a number of years already. A nineteen-year-old rookie does not look like this. This is just rare what you’re seeing.” – Coach Borrego on @MELOD1P
More on tonight's win from @sam_perley 📝: https://t.co/UmqHOlkS8D pic.twitter.com/6MuGu5vOz5
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 10, 2021
“I live my life and I know what I’m capable of, so stuff like this doesn’t move me like that,” Ball said. “I know that’s supposed to happen.”