Ball makes history in Hornets win

    RISING: Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball shoots over Hawks center Clint Capella in second half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    ROOKIE LaMelo Ball had a triple-double, the youngest player in NBA history to do so, as the host Charlotte Hornets stretched their winning streak to three games by defeating the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).

    Terry Rozier scored 23 points and P.J. Washington added 22 points for Charlotte, which also defeated the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday.

    The 19-year-old Ball, the third pick overall in the NBA Draft in November, finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

    Cam Reddish scored 21 points to lead the Hawks, followed by De’Andre Hunter’s 20 and 15 from Trae Young. John Collins had 12 points and Kevin Huerter supplied 11.

    In other games, it was the Suns 125, Pacers 117; Nuggets 115, Sixers 103; Heat 128, Wizards 124; Mavericks 112, Magic 98; Bucks 100, Cavaliers 90; Spurs 125, Wolves 122; Blazers 125, Kings 99.

    Phoenix Suns 125 – Indiana Pacers 117

    Mikal Bridges scored 34 points and Devin Booker added 25 to lift Phoenix to a victory over Indiana in Indianapolis.

    Cameron Johnson sank four shots from beyond the arc to highlight his 16-point performance for Phoenix, which posted its first victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since Nov. 18, 2016.

    Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 assists, and Jevon Carter added 10 points. Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis scored 20 of his 28 points in the third quarter and added 22 rebounds to notch his ninth consecutive double-double to start the season.

    Denver Nuggets 115 – Philadelphia 76ers 103

    Gary Harris scored 21 points and Nikola Jokic added 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds as visiting Denver pulled away from shorthanded Philadelphia.

    Jamal Murray and Will Barton added 14 points each as Denver outscored Philadelphia 35-21 in the third quarter.