After finishing an assist shy, a couple of days earlier while competing against his brother Lonzo, LaMelo Ball made NBA history with his first career triple-double in just his 10th career game.
He becomes the youngest-ever to achieve that feat at 19 years and 140 days, breaking Fultz's record of 19 years and 317 days
At 19 years and 140 days old, LaMelo Ball becomes the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 10, 2021
He surpassed Markelle Fultz (19 years, 317 days). pic.twitter.com/CJ2WeicRiT
He breaks this record just over three years since his brother Lonzo broke then-teammate LeBron James' record.
Ball becomes the first Hornets player to record a triple-double since Nicolas Batum on Mar. 5, 2018 and only the ninth player ever to record their first career triple-double in their 10th career game or earlier.
He finished the game with 22 points (9-13 FGs; 3-5 3PM), 12 rebounds, and 11 assists on 9-of-13 shooting from the field in 31 minutes off the bench. His plus-minus of +18 was a team-high as the Hornets defeated the Hawks 113-105 for their straight win.
This win has the Hornets at .500 for only the second time this season with a 5-5 record.
"I've been doing this ever since I was three, so it come quite easy for me," Ball said postgame.
With his performance, he earned the respect of the All-Star point guard on the opposing team - Trae Young, a Hall of Fame on the opposing team's broadcasting crew - Dominique Wilkins, and his own coach.
"A 19 year old rookie does not look like this. This is just rare what you are seeing."@hornets Head Coach James Borrego on what @MELOD1P is doing right now. #AllFly pic.twitter.com/pDfaES4rTC- FOX Sports: Hornets (@HornetsOnFSSE) January 10, 2021
He is certainly making a strong early case for being the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, averaging 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.5 steals through 10 games.
In terms of totals, he ranks second in points (128), first in rebounds (63), first in assists (59), and first in steals (14) among the rookies.
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