The play-in round for Las Vegas Summer League kicked off Wednesday night with eight games throughout the day. While there was plenty to be excited about it, was the night cap game that stole the show. The Lakers and Sixers came down to the wire with Lonzo Ball leading the Lakers to a 103-102 win.
Ball was spectacular, driving the Lakers to a comeback win against the Sixers and advancing them to the next round of the Summer League playoffs. He finished the night with an impressive 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and five steals. This was the Ball Lakers fans have been so excited about adding to their team.
The Los Angeles Lakers got their first real taste of Ball dominating a game of basketball as the No. 2 pick led the purple and gold to an exciting 103-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Ball did it all, scoring, passing, defending, and getting to the free-throw line.
Adidas-sponsored NBA stars like Damian Lillard and Andrew Wiggins, as well as LaMelo’s older brother Lonzo Ball, were all sitting courtside. The atmosphere in the gym was drawing comparisons to the crowds LeBron James used to draw as a high school player. Just check out this scene over an hour before tipoff:
The hype only got bigger when the players were finally let on the court. A live stream of the game at Ball is Life was drawing over 80,000 viewers. You can watch full highlights of the game here:
The matchup had the perfect storm to create a circus atmosphere. It took place on the final week of live evaluation period, which meant college coaches were Cheap Jerseys Authentic in the gym. It had a legitimate celebrity in LaVar Ball coaching one team. It also Cheap Jerseys America had two legitimate stars in LaMelo Ball and Williamson.