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. What he did do is travel a significant distance, purposely going out of his way to find Lonzo. And mockingly dribbled the ball around around him as he made way to the towards the lockeroom. Zo’s teammates Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle quickly came to his defense, trying to take the ball from murray at halfcourt. Some words were exchanged, the team’s were separated, and any hard feelings were put on hold til next outing. Which again Jamal Murray was at the center off, Denver again on their home floor took care of business, had the lakers finished 121 to 116, and again Murray with the ball in his hands. Was soaking all of it in, KCP & Lonzo sprint over to foul him. He heads to the line, ices the free throws. Then on the other side of the floor, intercepts Lonzo’s pass, proceeds to make a scene of it which didn’t sit well the laker bench, head coach luke Walton specifically. Who was restrained by his players after giving it the mouth to the nuggets players and staff. So then same season, Denver’s next trip to Staples. This go around the Lakers takes the dub, Julius Randle roughens up on Nikola Jokic. Some more words, shoves whatever are exchanged, and then the following possession. Isaiah holding the ball top of the perimenter. Throws the ball in Murray’s direction who was stood by Lonzo in the corner. As a gesture of bad riddance towards someone who not too long became his teammate, when Isaiah joined the nuggets this summer. Anyways this season, now with the backing off arguably the world’s best player in LeBron James. The new look lakers wanted all the smoke, coming into the game at staples with 1-3 record. Against an improved Nuggets team 4-0 undefeated on the season. What most surprised me watching this game, was the assertiveness from Lonzo Ball. Something he was critised for lack off last year. Ball embraced the Murray assignment, bringing out that chino hills fullcourt press. A noticeable sequence came in the 2nd quarter. Lonzo comes charges into the paint and pace only to just as quickly direct a pass from mcgee into the path of LeBron James under the basket for an easy too. He then stays put with Murray on the inbound, forces him to turn. Rips the ball loose and lays it in for an easy two to tie the game. This was a man seeking revenge, in laid back fashion you’d only ever see for Lonzo Ball. What he did in the fourth was reminiscent of something he did a few years back at UCLA. Perhaps the game that first elevated Lonzo from ballislife star to the mainstream media’s new favourite talking point. Bare with me for the backstory, Prior to his breakout game, December 2016 UCLA had Oregon up 4 points with 14 seconds to go. Yet somehow would end up losing 89-87 after Dillon Brooks hit a walk off contested three pointer at the Buzzer to win it. The much anticipated rematch came Febuary 2017. Orgeon were in control most of the night, led by as many as 19 points at one point. Yet a particular freshman guard from chino hills refused to let his team lose. Ball finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Focal point of the late comeback which saw him make the ball game’s two biggest plays. Putting the bruins up 5 with 1;10 to go on a halfcourt drive. While the Ducks would knockdown a 3 to bring the game back within two points. Lonzo on the very next possession would throw that three ball right back at them. Sizing up and stepping back far beyond the college three point line to bury Oregon and wrap up a clutch performance. We hadn’t seen Lonzo shoot with such confidence since UCLA, and that’s what made last night’s game so fulfilling. Zo held a grudge over Oregon and made em pay, which is near enough exactly what he just did to Denver, In identical fashion too. After some solid defense ripping both murray and jokic re-obtaining possession on the other side. With 3 minutes to go, Lakers leading 110-108. Lonzo with Jokic guarding him. Dribbled through his legs a series of times, before crossing into his trademark step back. Stunning Jokic and knocking down a cold blooded dagger to put the Lakers up 5 and ultimately pull away for their first win of the season.