LeBron James and Lonzo Ball became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since Jason Kidd and Vince Carter achieved the feat in 2007 as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Charlotte Hornets 128-100.
James finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Ball had 16 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds. James let Ball know in the fourth quarter that the second-year guard was close to a triple-double.
In describing the synergy between his and Ball's all-around game, James said "we just try to do a little bit of everything to help our team win. We're one and the same when it comes to our playmaking ability. We're always looking for our teammates, and that's the greatest satisfaction we can have when we see our teammates score the ball. We've always been pretty good rebounders for our position -- him at the guard spot, me at the forward spot. And then being able to put the ball in the hole as well. We just try to be aggressive, attack the rim, make shots from the outside when guys disrespect us, and we showed all of that tonight".
James has been encouraging Ball to be more aggressive in putting defenses under pressure throughout the season.