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Lonzo Ball becomes the youngest player in NBA history to post a triple-double

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Lonzo Ball's start to life in the NBA has been a difficult one and he's had a lot of media scrutiny regarding his recent performances.

The pressure of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers is big and the 20-year-old is taking his time to adjust to the league and has struggled shooting the ball.

Coming into the Lakers' showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, Ball was shooting 29 percent from the field and 22 percent from three-point range.

In Wisconsin, however, Lonzo went some way to silencing his doubters by producing one of his best games and making NBA history in the process.

The point guard posted a triple-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists against the Bucks and became the youngest player ever to achieve that feat.

At 20 years and 15 days, he passed LeBron James who was previously the youngest player to do it in the 2004-05 season.

Impressively, Ball also notched three steals and a career-high four blocks, but his huge numbers were not enough to get the Lakers a win.

The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo was once again a dominant presence on the floor and willed Milwaukee to a 98-90 win.

Despite the historic achievement by Ball, it was overshadowed by the loss and he was in no mood to celebrate his accomplishment and preferred to focus on the bigger picture.

"I really don't care," Ball said. "We took a loss. It don't really mean nothing."

The UCLA product is often compared to Jason Kidd with his style of play, so it was almost fitting that his first career triple-double was in front of the Bucks coach and NBA legend.

Prior to the game, Kidd said it was a "stretch" to compare Lonzo to him as it was too early in his career and reiterated the need to be patient with him following the encounter.

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"That's going to be, I guess, the headline, that he got a triple-double and I got to see it in the front row," said Kidd. "Ball can play, and he is going to make his teammates and team better. Triple-double, that is going to be the norm for him. He is going to fill up the stat sheets.

"But we just got to give him time. We are trying to put him in a microwave and speed him up. He is going to make mistakes and he is going to have bad nights, but he competes and he is going to find a way to win."

Ball shot 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from downtown as he showed signs of breaking out of his shooting slump.

These are the flashes of brilliance that Lakers fans have been waiting for this season and they'll hope that he gains confidence from this performance and showcases his skills on a more frequent basis as the campaign goes on.

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