Former NBL star LaMelo Ball has showcased his talent with a breakout NBA display to help lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 118-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Ball, who played for the Illawarra Hawks in the NBL before being taken with pick No.3 in the NBA draft, finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in his finest outing to date.
The 19-year-old nailed 4-of-5 from long range, with the performance in just his fourth NBA game setting tongues wagging.
Ball had 15 points to his name by halftime, with one of his long bombs coming from way beyond the arc.
“He’s growing up right before our eyes,” Hornets forward Miles Bridges told reporters.
“As long as he’s playing his game and having fun, we just want to focus on the defensive end.”
Ball had returned tallies of 0, 13, and 6 before his stunning display against Dallas.
Australian Josh Green, who was picked up by Dallas with pick No.18 in the draft, was scoreless from his 12 minutes on court.
Patty Mills scored 12 points but he was powerless to stop LeBron James as the NBA superstar created history in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 121-107 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
James’ 26-point haul saw him become the first NBA player to post double-figure points in 1000 consecutive regular-season games.
Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan (866) has the second-longest streak.
The last time James scored less than 10 points in a regular season match was in January, 2007 when he tallied eight points for Cleveland on 3-of-13 shooting in a win over Milwaukee.
James, who turned 36 earlier this week, was a key figure in the Lakers’ win.
Along with making 11-of-23 from the field among his 26-point haul, he tallied five rebounds, eight assists, and a steal.
Lakers guard Wesley Matthews shot a perfect 6-of-6 from long range to finish with 18 points, while Dennis Schroder (21 points) and Anthony Davis (20 points) were also important.
Mills finished with 12 points, four assists, and two steals from his 22 minutes of court time.
Miami bounced back from a horror display on Wednesday to post a 119-108 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks scored an NBA record 29 three-pointers a day earlier to sink the Heat 144-97.
But Miami was able to gain its revenge in the rematch, with Goran Dragic (26 points), Bam Adebayo (22), and Tyler Herro (21) all combining for match-winning hauls.
Kevin Durant tallied 33 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 145-141 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Boston forward Jaylen Brown nailed 7-of-10 from long range amongst his 42-point haul to lead the Celtics to a 126-107 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
MOST CONSECUTIVE REGULAR-SEASON GAMES OF 10 POINTS OR MORE
* Lebron James – 1000 (and counting)
* Michael Jordan – 866
* Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 787
* Karl Malone -575
* Kevin Durant – 562
* Moses Malone – 526