If you fell asleep midway through the second half of Wednesday’s Lakers and Warriors game, billed as Lonzo Ball’s first duel against Steph Curry — the man who LaVar Ball said isn’t as good as his son last year and on this day (“Until I die, I will always think my son is better than Steph Curry”) — then you were probably thinking, “I can’t believe Lonzo Ball is actually shooting better than Steph Curry!”
According to BBallBreakdown, here’s the stats between the two after 22 minutes.
- Lonzo Ball: 12 PTS, 6 ASTS, 2-4 3PT
- Steph Curry: 9 PTS, 4 ASTS, 1-4 3PT
Ball even had Lakers fans going out of their minds midway through the third quarter, when he knocked down three consecutive shots, including a three over Curry and a three over Draymond Green. Add Brandon Ingram going off for a career-high 32 points, Julius Randle celebrating a birthday and Jack “I’m Back” Nicholson in the crowd, it just felt like it was the Lakers night. Then the game went into OT.
Before the extra session, Curry was just six of 17 from the floor with three airballs. Once the extra session started, Curry caught fire, knocking down two threes and finishing with 13 of his 28 points in the OT victory for the defending champs.
“Obviously, he had a horrible start to the game, but what makes Steph, Steph, is on a night like tonight he can still make huge plays,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It takes a special player to bounce back within the same game and be able to reverse that, and that’s what he did.”
He also had seven assists, 5 boards and a few nice words about Ball after the game: “He played well tonight. He made some shots. He’s going to have a great career, a long career.”