Lonzo Ball made his MSG debut on Tuesday and I was praying for a sideline argument between LaVar Ball and the OG trash-talking NBA fan, Spike Lee. The argument never happened but Lonzo did put on a show in the third quarter that should help bury those “is he a bust” arguments.
With the game tied up at 61 midway through the third, Ball threw down a one-hand alley-oop from KCP. Less than a minute later, he knocked a three that had his Dad standing up and celebrating in his courtside seat the way Spike used to do during Knicks playoff games. Seconds later, Ball made his Pops pop up again with a lefty layup. Ball then capped off his third quarter run with an assist to Brook Lopez for three.
Ball finished with 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3PT), 8 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block but had just two points in the fourth quarter and overtime of the loss. Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and played some great defense late in the game. Knicks’ unicorn Kristaps Porzingis had a game-high 37 points, 11 boards, 5 blocks and 5 threes.
Before we get to a few Lonzo compliments from the Knicks and LaVar talking about how “beautiful” the game was, here’s the numbers a few NBA stars put up in their MSG debuts.
- LeBron James (2003): 22 PTS, 5 REBS, 3 ASTS, 7-20 FG, Win
- Chris Paul (2006): 27 PTS, 7 REBS, 13 ASTS, 6-13 FG, Win
- Kevin Durant (2007): 30 PTS, 5 REBS, 4 ASTS, 11-20 FG, Win
- Derrick Rose (2008): 20 PTS, 4 REBS, 8 ASTS, 9-20 FG, Loss
- Russell Westbrook (2008): 19 PTS, 10 REBs, 6 ASTS, 6-12 FG, Loss
- Steph Curry (2010): 25 PTS, 6 REBS, 8 ASTS, 11-20 FG, Win
- Kyrie Irving (2011): 22 PTS, 3 REBS, 7 ASTS, 8-18 FG, Loss