The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Toronto Raptors 114-104 on Saturday night. The victory was facilitated by the incredible performance of LaMelo Ball. The 19-year-old put on a show for his 23 points and 9 rebounds during the course of the game.
In the post-game press conference, LaMelo talked about how the team overcomes difficult situations during the seasons. He said, “We feel like ourselves. Whenever we’re struggling we look upon one another. And I feel like we bring each other up.”
The Rookie put on a show in the game, sinking 3-pointers and finding teammates with remarkable ease. One of his shots from downtown went straight to the highlight reel. He pump-faked his guard, did a 360-pirouette, stepped back, and sunk his shot.
LaMelo Ball lauds his teammates for their contributions:
Ball was asked about what the team does to finish other teams off. He replied, “Pretty much making smart plays. Sticking with the game plan. Sometimes we get a little excited, keep on going for fast-breaks and stuff. However, we should try and go for more control and more pace.”
LaMelo’s teammates Terry Rozier, Devonte Graham, and Malik Monk also played substantial roles in securing the win for their team. Monk scored 16 points in this game while Rozier and Graham scored 17 each.
Ball was especially excited about the return of Devonte Graham. After the game, he said, “It’s definitely fun to have Devonte back. I mean, he can shoot from anywhere on the court. Definitely helps my game a lot and helps the whole team. Devonte is a great player”
In the NBA Rookie Ladder standings, LaMelo Ball keeps bolstering his cause for staying at the top. He is averaging 15.7 points per game along with 6.0 rebounds per game this season. For a rookie point-guard, those numbers are astounding.
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Coach James Borrego is pleased that a young player as talented as LaMelo is playing for his side. He said, “He comes in there every day with a good attitude. Not only is his game going to be great but he’s going to be great for the league.”
The Charlotte Hornets are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings at the moment. With a three-game winning streak, they will look to build upon that and qualify for the playoffs in a hurry.
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