The Los Angeles Lakers had their best win of the season against the Detroit Pistons with a balanced attack.
Ball had a modest stat line of 13 points, six rebounds and three assists but made his presence felt in the game.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 1, 2017
For starters, he played more aggressively on offense and the bounce in his swagger was highlighted by a step-back three showing his growing confidence by game.
— Lakers Spain (@spain_lakers) November 1, 2017
Even though his assist total was lower than his seven-a-game average, he moved the ball well and orchestrated many of the Lakers’ baskets.
The assists that were officially credited to Ball were dimes. Like this tap pass to Brook Lopez off of an offensive rebound.
Beautiful touch pass from Lonzo Ball pic.twitter.com/pQcTJdoX1l
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 1, 2017
The Lakers did catch Detroit at the end of a road trip but they still managed to play well on both ends of the floor from start to finish. L.A. had been having trouble closing out games and Walton’s in-game rotations were even a point of concern.
Tuesday night Walton kept his starters on the bench in the fourth quarter, and he let his high-performing subs finish the Pistons off. That move paid off on Halloween of all nights so hopefully it wasn’t just a trick but a treat we can expect to see more of this season.