Not only did LaMelo Ball shine throughout the four rounds, he also went down in NBA history on the day he and his teammates drowned the Boston Celtics, denying Jayson Tatum 45 points.
In the encounter that took place on the morning of November 21, the Boston Celtics at one point led the Charlotte Hornets by 18 points in the second half.
This advantage was still maintained at 2 digits in the middle of the 4th quarter and then 9 points with 2 minutes left in official time (score 108-99).
But then LaMelo Ball’s “personal show” took the match into overtime, including an extremely difficult basket at the end of the fourth quarter to equalize the score 108-108.
The basket situation was successfully completed after the 2001-born player overcame the blocks of Jaylen Brown and Jrue Holiday, showing the confidence and impressive “clutch” of the No. 1 star Charlotte Hornets.
Not stopping at the 4 main rounds, Melo continued to shine in extra time with a personal score of 4-0, then 2 more assists for Gordon Hayward and most importantly, Miles Bridges’ 3-pointer to increase the score. up 119-116 (6 seconds remaining).
The Boston Celtics had a chance to equalize with 3 free throws from Jayson Tatum, but the great pressure caused this striker to miss 1 shot, missing the opportunity to equalize the score.
The match ended with 2 successful FTs from Gordon Hayward and a steal from Miles Bridges, the Charlotte Hornets’ comeback was completed with a 121-118 victory.
Entering this match, the Boston Celtics (11-2 record) are rated much higher than Charlotte. Not only are they the top team in the Eastern rankings, but they also have a 6-match unbeaten streak, while the Hornets have only had 3 wins in 12 matches since the beginning of the season.
Despite being on the “underdog”, LaMelo Ball and his teammates showed strong fighting spirit and will. They erased the gap, sometimes reaching 18 points, to send the match into extra time. .
The main factor of this comeback was none other than Melo, owner of 36 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals. He had 5 successful 3-pointers and reached an efficiency of 15-27 FG, 5-11 3PT.
With these 5 3-pointers, LaMelo Ball achieved a special achievement by becoming the third youngest player in NBA history to reach the milestone of 500 3-pointers in his career – 22 years and 90 days old. Ranked above Melo are Anthony Edwards (21 years 164 days) and Luka Doncic (22 years 55 days).
Also related to 500 successful 3-pointers, LaMelo Ball only took 175 games to reach this milestone, the second lowest number in tournament history. The only name with fewer games is Duncan Robinson, who took 152 games to shoot the first 500 3-pointers of his career.
It is impossible to ignore the name Miles Bridges, a player who just returned from a 30-game suspension from the NBA for domestic violence. Today is the first time in 586 days that he has returned to the starting lineup.
Not having a good finishing feeling, the player born in 1998 compensates with fierce competition (15 rebounds) and assists for teammates (5 assists). When the opportunity came, he did not disappoint teammate LaMelo with a cool 3-point shot at the end of OT.
On the other side of the front line, Jayson Tatum was excellent almost the whole game with 45 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 more blocks. But this individual performance had a bitter end when he missed the opportunity on the free throw line.
“I was a bit surprised to see the ball didn’t go into the basket. When I took the shot, I felt pretty good,” Tatum said after the defeat. “Six consecutive victories probably made us a bit subjective. Now is the time for the whole team to sit together and aim for a new winning streak.”