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LaMelo Ball completely bricked this alley-oop to himself

LaMelo Ball missed an opportunity on Wednesday for 2 simple factors — and maybe a highlight-reel dunk — when he failed to join on his personal alley-oop.

All 5 Orlando Magic gamers crashed the paint for an offensive rebound try with 4 minutes left within the second quarter towards Ball’s Charlotte Hornets, main to an outlet move that reached Mason Plumlee close to midcourt and finally Ball on their lonesome on the Orlando 3-point line.

Ball, averaging 19.6 factors per recreation by means of Charlotte’s first 20 video games this season, bounced the ball as soon as excessive along with his proper hand, jumped and spun as he neared the rim — however couldn’t end the dunk and as an alternative bounced the ball off the again of the rim.

Moments later, he was referred to as for a reach-in foul after he swiped on the Magic’s Mo Bamba, who’d grabbed the rebound. He was then subbed out for Terry Rozier and didn’t play for the remainder of the half.

“Obviously that play, we’ll talk about it,” Charlotte coach James Borrego mentioned. “He knows it, he owns it and we’ll move forward. … Just another growth opportunity for him.”

LaMelo Ball didn’t profit from this alternative.
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Ball, who the Hornets chosen No. 3 general within the 2020 draft, has additionally averaged 7.8 rebounds and seven.5 assists — all enhancements from his rookie season — whereas bumping his minutes per recreation from 28.8 to 32.9. At the time of his dunk try towards the Magic, the Hornets led 43-41 and held onto it as the sport progressed, profitable 106-99 and stopping Orlando from profitable simply its sixth recreation this season. Ball completed with 22 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists on 7-of-17 capturing.

Charlotte has gained seven of its final eight video games to transfer into second place within the Southeast Division, because it sits tied with Washington and trails Miami by a half-game. The Hornets will host the Timberwolves on Friday within the first of two conferences between the 2 groups this season.

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