LaMelo and Lonzo Ball faced each other for their first time in their NBA career in Friday night’s game between the Hornets and the Pelicans.
LaMelo flirted with a triple-double helping the Charlote Hornets prevail in a close-fought battle in New Orleans. Ball finished the contest with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 26 minutes.
(per Andrew Lopez of ESPN):
“I’ve been in this for a minute now,” Ball said on playing in front of a national audience. “I had ESPN games since I was a kid. So it was all normal.”
The Hornets’ rookie set a career-high in rebounds and tied his career-high in assists the first time he faced his brother Lonzo Ball in a real game.
LaMelo also became the second-youngest Hornet to record a double-double, with only Michael Kidd-Gilchrist doing it at a younger age.