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Lonzo Ball joins Lakers legend Magic Johnson in history books with latest triple-double

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Lonzo Ball has endured a difficult start to life in the NBA but despite the heavy criticism that's come his way he's been able to shake off his struggles and show flashes of his talent at times.

He recently became the youngest player in NBA history to post a triple-double and he managed to repeat the feat in the Los Angeles Lakers' latest outing. 

In a 127-109 win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on Monday night, Ball put up a triple-double of 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 11 assists.

As his first came in a losing effort against the Milwaukee Bucks, the young point guard was not willing to celebrate it but he certainly felt a lot better about his second. 

"This one is a lot better," Ball said. "I actually like this one. Just keep building on it."

This triple-double also had a historic element as he joined elite company in the form of franchise legend and president Magic Johnson. 

Lonzo and the Hall of Famer are the only two players in the team’s prestigious history to have multiple triple-doubles in their rookie season.

The most impressive stat the 20-year-old produced was definitely the 16 rebounds which is an extremely rare figure for a guard to achieve. His total number of boards are the most by any rookie this season.

The UCLA product came into the contest shooting just 30.8 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from three-point range and had been benched by head coach Luke Walton for the entire fourth quarter on more than one occasion in recent games.

But the youngster has shown signs of improvement over the last two encounters as he looks to find some consistency in his play. 

Ball has had many well-documented issues to deal with both on and off the court and Walton says he has the support of the entire team to help him through it.

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"He's got more on his plate than I can ever imagine anyone having, especially at his age," Walton said, per ESPN. "It is our job to be here and let him know that we support him and believe in him.

"I don't know where it gets too much and how he reacts to it. I've made a point to talk to him and let him know, whether or not he needs it, that my belief and our team's belief in him is 100 percent there."

The Lakers entertain the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in their next matchup and will be hoping that Lonzo puts on another strong display.

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