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Watch LaMelo Ball score his first NBA points, finish with 13

Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Hornets

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 26: LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 26, 2020 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LaMelo Ball had a rough NBA debut, going scoreless and shooting 0-of-5 in 16 minutes off the bench. His defensive struggles, and a good guard rotation in Charlotte, is keeping his minutes down.

Ball looked better in his second game, getting his first NBA point on a free throw, then minutes later got his first NBA bucket on a driving layup midway through the first quarter.

That seemed to open the floodgates for LaMelo as he drained a deep three not much later, on his way to nine first quarter points to lead Charlotte.

Ball finished with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, plus he pulled down six rebounds in 15 minutes. The Hornets, however, lost to the Thunder on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s game-winner.