Thursday, January 27 2022

Winners of two straight on the heels of a five-game losing streak, the Charlotte Hornets defeated the New York Knicks 104-96 on Friday night, evening their record at 7-7 for the year. 

LaMelo Ball finished with just 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting, including 0-of-5 from 3. But his impact was felt in every other area. Ball finished with 17 rebounds, nine assists and five steals, leading the Hornets in each of those categories. 

Those numbers all topped the Knicks’ box score, as well. 

Per Elias Sports, Ball is the third-youngest player in NBA history to lead both teams outright in those three categories for a single game, trailing only Magic Johnson and Luka Doncic. Pretty decent company. 

The stat line captures Ball’s across-the-board impact. He came into the league heralded as an exceptional passer, but he has proven to be much more. He’s a shooter. A scorer. At 6-foot-7, he can wreak havoc in passing lanes (two steals per game this season) and hold his own as a switchable, long, albeit sometimes undisciplined defender. He has rebounded from day one. 

So far this season, Ball is the only player in the league averaging at least 19 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals per game. If you take the points requirement down to 18 per game, only Dejounte Murray joins Ball on the list. Ball is all-around impact manifested, and it showed up in a historic way on Friday night. 



NBA DFS: Paul George and top DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy basketball picks for Nov. 13, 2021


Sixers not concerned about recent Furkan Korkmaz shooting slump

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

PHT Morning Skate: Capitals vs. the East; Torchetti joins Flyers’ bench

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports. • How do the Capitals, as they currently stand, stack up against the rest of the Eastern Conference? [Japers’ Rink] • John Torchetti will join Mike […]

Read More

Big Papi gets HOF call; Bonds, Clemens out

Longtime Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was the lone former player to hear his name called during Tuesday’s BBWAA Hall of Fame election announcement, rewarding a career that saw a curse broken three times over. In his first year of eligibility, Ortiz received 307 out of 397 votes (77.9 percent), putting him over the […]

Read More

USMNT vs El Salvador: How to watch live, stream link, team news

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Update your settings here to see it. USMNT host El Salvador on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio (live, 7pm ET) as Gregg Berhalter’s side are huge favorites to move one step closer to qualification for the 2022 World Cup. A big win is expected for the […]

Read More