Lonzo Ball gave the sold-out crowd in Las Vegas exactly what they paid to see during his second Summer League game on Saturday.
Fresh off of a dud of a performance in his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippers one day prior, Ball shined. His quickness down the court and ability to make a highlight dime couldn’t be stopped at points against the Boston Celtics.
He finished the game with a triple-double, scoring 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting along with 11 rebounds and 11 assists and sent the 15,000 fans in attendance roaring with some of his incredible passes and explosiveness.
Ball was two points away from clinching the triple-double as time was winding down at the end of the game, and he ran through the wide-open lane to stuff it with a thunderous one-handed slam.
At times, the game had a regular-season feel to it instead of Summer League, and it was all because of Ball.
Of course, his father Lavar was in attendance to watch his son’s spectacular performance. He said that Lonzo will be better than Magic Johnson — who was also in attendance — and become the best Lakers guard ever when all is said and done.
The Lakers ended up losing the game, 86-61, but the star-studded crowd loved what they saw. Among the many fans was Floyd Mayweather, who was also there Friday when Ball, the No. 2 selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, shot just 2-of-15 from the floor and 1-for-11 from 3-point range in a performance his father called “his worst game ever.”
The only way Lonzo could go was up from there, and he went through the roof against the Celtics. In his one season at UCLA, he didn’t record a single triple-double, but had no problem finding his way through the Celtics’ Summer League lineup.
See some of his top highlights of Ball’s performance below: