The Los Angeles Lakers secured a third straight win with a 123-104 rout over the Atlanta Hawks on the road on Tuesday night.
This victory was significant as it equalled their win total from last season in 21 fewer games. It's also another sign of how they're continuing to improve with their talented young outfit.
Their development as a team is being epitomised by second-year man Brandon Ingram, who produced an impressive display against the Hawks.
The 20-year-old led the Lakers in scoring as he posted 21 points, along with 10 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and one steal.
Ingram managed to put himself in elite company alongside three franchise legends with this stat line at the Philips Arena.
The small forward joins Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and Pau Gasol as the only Lakers to record 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks in a game since the 1999-00 season, per Darius Soriano of Forum Blue and Gold.
The Duke product didn't see any action in the fourth quarter but still had an efficient night as he shot 10-of-16 from the field in his 28 minutes on the floor.
He put their dominant display down to ball movement and being able to trust each other to knock down shots.
"We played the right way today," Ingram said, per ESPN. "We always talk about finding the best shot for our team and just trying to move it the right way."
The youngster has been the team's point guard in recent games and seems to be relishing the responsibility of dictating their offence and getting his teammates involved.
His improved ball-handling skills show just how much more confident he is on the court and how he's getting better with each game.
Ingram's length was a problem for Atlanta as they struggled to defend him, particularly during a third-quarter run when he scored six consecutive points.
The way he stuffed the stat sheet just proves how much of a versatile, all-around player he's developing into and it's a positive sign for the organisation.
Despite nine Lakers scoring in double-figures, the former number two overall pick was easily the best player on the floor and enjoyed one of the best games of his young career.
The Purple and Gold may be seeking to bring in two marquee free agents this summer, but they'll be happy to know that they've got a star in the making on their hands already.News Now - Sport News