Lakers overcome Ball's injury to beat Mavs

Los Angeles Lakers Four reasons drafting Lonzo Ball was right move

NBA Summer League: Ball won't face Fox in hopeful marquee matchup

He leads the Las Vegas Summer League in assists and steals.

Forget about his first-game dud, Lonzo Ball has been as good as advertised thus far in the Summer League. 16p/12a/10r/5s/2b pic.twitter.com/pYm8yiztgWThe Cavaliers' summer league ended with their first defeat. Ball had his shot going, at one point posting up a defender before hitting a turnaround fadeaway jumper. He had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks.

The 15th-seeded Lakers have won four in a row after dropping their first two games and next face third-seeded Dallas in a semifinal on Sunday at 5 p.m. Still, despite Smith's 12 points in the period to match Ball at the other end, the Mavs trailed 34-24 entering the second stanza.

While Ball is at his best in transition, he has also shown to be more than capable in the half-court.

Another three from Thomas would follow a short time later to keep the two teams separated by double digits.

"No idea yet", Lakers summer coach Jud Buechler said, when asked about Ball's availability. The deficit reached 26 later in the quarter. Big problem was that the Mavericks were down 62-40 at the break.

"At BBB, you can play in what you want", he said. "They started out very comfortable in their shots". First half, I think we shot like 70 percent or something insane like that.

"I didn't know he was there until after the game".

The tournament began Wednesday with eight games, featuring the Nos. But after starting zero-for-five, he made two big jumpers (including a fake-and-dribble triple) in the fourth quarter to help the Mavs haul in that big deficit and set up the exciting finish that had never looked likely. That means that for every dollar that a Lakers fan were to put on the team, they would win $100 if the championship banner was hoisted at Staples Center.

In April, LaVar Ball confirmed to ESPN that Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all informed him they were not interested in signing a deal with his son, Lonzo Ball. A three by Ferrell followed as the Mavs crept to within single digits later in the period. After resting a sore groin against the Sacramento Kings on July 10, he led LA to another victory and bludgeoned the Sixers with 36 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Ferrell had 15 points and Ashley had 13.

Fred VanVleet scored 31 points in 30 minutes for the Raptors and Jordan Loyd added 17.

"I grew a lot".

Through four games, the phenom from Chino Hills, California has amassed an impressive 68 points, 33 rebounds and 39 assists. Individual things don't matter.

"He was awesome", Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler said. Future Bruin Jalen Hill is not happy about it, and he's been wearing Adidas while playing for his AAU team The Compton Magic who supplied him with loads of Adidas kicks.

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