And he did it in Nikes.
He also collected eight rebounds from leading the Lakers to a 103-102 comeback victory over the 76ers in the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs. Instead, the three-time National Basketball Association champion found himself a court-side seat as he made an appearance in Vegas.
Going along with my original preview prediction, Alex Poythress was as much of a game impact as I originally predicted, as he played very well for the Sixers, especially in the first half. He said after the game that he wore the shoes because he was trying to channel Kobe's "Mamba mentality".
In all, Poythress registered 16 points (7-11 fg, 1-3 3fg, 1-2 ft), five rebounds, and one monstrous, lap-top-screen-fritzing dunk on Lonzo Ball.
All-Rookie selection Buddy Hield and No. 5 pick De'Aaron Fox sat out, then college player of the year Frank Mason left after 4 minutes with an apparent ankle injury.
Aggressive all night, Ball topped off his impressive dime and board numbers with an explosive 36 points.
Boston has been the best team in the tournament and Philadelphia competed well with them last night. Ball remained aggressive and was 9-of-12 on twos and also from the free throw line, and that puts more pressure on the defense because he's too outstanding a passer to miss open guys once they collapse on him.
Ball once again responded with a huge game to quiet his doubters.
"At BBB, you can play in what you want", Lonzo Ball said in an interview on SportsCenter. For all of the negative attention surrounding the Ball Family, Lonzo backed up his father's talk with a night that will be remembered for a long time.
Justin Robinson made a go-ahead jumper with 11 seconds remaining to send No. 12 Miami into a second-round matchup with the unbeaten and fifth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers.