Lonzo Ball toppled the San Antonio Spurs with his best crunch time performance to date

The confident, sweet-shooting and aggressive Lonzo Ball that Los Angeles thought they were drafting second overall took charge in the Lakers’ 116-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

In 35 minutes, Ball registered 18 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and two blocks. However, it was the circumstances and the manner in which he earned those numbers that has Lakers fans salivating over his growth this season. Although the Spurs played without Kwahi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Pop system still bears jagged claws, and the Lakers were absent Brandon Ingram.

In Ingram’s void, Ball was instrumental in the Lakers humbling the Spurs in nearly every facet of the game. On a night when Kyle Kuzma struggled and Ingram rested his strained hip flexor, Ball assumed a more onerous scoring role. Most impressively, all 18 of Ball’s points came from behind the arc. During his freshman year at UCLA, Ball was an analytics age maestro who established a residency behind the arc. Early on in his rookie season, Ball was the tin man, collecting bricks and airballs while connecting on fewer than 30 percent of his attempts from behind the arc.

Ball’s 6-of-10 shooting on treys

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