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NEW ORLEANS — It was little brother’s night on Friday inside the Smoothie King Center — and almost a historic one too.
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball nearly became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, as he posted 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 118-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans and big brother Lonzo Ball.
LaMelo, at 19 years, 139 days, would have passed Markelle Fultz (19 years, 317 days) to become the youngest ever to accomplish the feat.
VS. EACH OTHER: Lonzo was 0-1 when defended by LaMelo, while LaMelo was 1-2 with a TO against Lonzo.
DEFENSE OVERALL: Hornets shot 4-for-14 overall when defended by Lonzo. Pelicans were 4-for-6 against LaMelo
PASSING: Charlotte shot 9-for-17 (5 for 8 3-pt FG) off LaMelo’s passes. New Orleans shot 3-for-6 (2 for 4 3-pt FG) off Lonzo’s
OFFENSE: Neither could hit their open shots, combing to go 3-for-9 (0 for 6 3-pt FG) on uncontested attempts
—ESPN Stats & Information
The victory for the youngest Ball sibling against his big brother was even sweeter considering LaMelo helped the Hornets come back from