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Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, center, grabs a rebound against Denver Nuggets forwards Trey Lyles, left, and Juancho Hernangomez of Spain, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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  • Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, center, drives against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, of Serbia during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, center, goes up for a basket under pressured by Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, left, dribbles as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, goes up for a basket under pressured by Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, of Serbia, under pressured by Los Angeles Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram, left, and Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, right, looks to pass the ball against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, right, goes up for a layup as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against Denver Nuggets Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, shoots against Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, shoots against Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, goes up for the basket under pressured by Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson drunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against Denver Nuggets, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, goes to the basket while defended by Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Denver Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson, left, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay #0 of Democratic Republic of the Congo, in actions during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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LOS ANGELES – When Lonzo Ball surpassed LeBron James as the youngest player to record a triple-double, the achievement barely registered with the Lakers rookie. The Lakers had lost a road game in Milwaukee and the young guard focused on that rather than his individual breakthrough.

Eight nights later, Ball was able to relish the moment. Ball’s second triple-double came in a 127-109 romp over the Denver Nuggets.

“This one’s a lot better,” he said. “I actually like this one.”

Ball finished with 11 points, 11 assists and 16 rebounds, becoming the first rookie guard to snare that many boards since Steve Francis had 17 in 2000.

It was a performance rich with historical implications. For example, he became just the sixth player in NBA history to log multiple triple-doubles in his first 20 games, joining players like Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson.

The Lakers, however, were more focused on the short-term result and what it means for their future. They entered the night having lost five of their previous six games. With the win their record improved to (7-10) with a game against Chicago at Staples Center next up on Tuesday.

On Sunday, the Lakers much-maligned offense operated as it was designed to, with most baskets coming with an assist. They played fast and wielded the power to shoot 3-pointers responsibly.

Before Sunday, they had the NBA’s third-worst offense, averaging 97.7 points per 100 possessions. Against the Nuggets, they had cruised to 70 points at halftime.

And at the heart of it all was Ball.

“Zo is going to be unselfish every time,” Coach Luke Walton said, adding that it’s a trait that is “carrying over to the rest of the guys.”

The Lakers had 36 assists on 53 field goals, with seven players, including all five starters, tallying at least three assists.

“I thought Kuz (Kyle Kuzma) did a better job tonight of shot selection and making plays for teammates,” Walton said. “I thought Julius (Randle) and JC (Jordan Clarkson) made concerted efforts to try to make the extra pass. That’s kind of what I want our guys to see.”

Ball’s 10th assist came with 9:31 left in the fourth quarter, when he swung the ball to Randle for a top-of-the-key 3-pointer. With that basket, Ball became the only Lakers rookie other than Magic Johnson to record multiple triple-doubles.

He also achieved his second career triple-double at 20 years and 23 days old – the same age James was when he notches his second triple-double.

As for the rebounding, it’s become a point of emphasis for Ball. It may be the key to him having a big night.

“That is his game,” Kuzma said. “He is not really a halfcourt type of guy. He thrives in open court.”

Ball’s willingness to crash the offensive glass has led to some concern about the Lakers losing a step in transition defense, but it’s a sacrifice they seem willing to make.

“Big men are boxing each other out so I can go get it most of the time,” Ball said. “And I did that, we happened to play a lot better.”

Randle led the Lakers with a season-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists. There were plenty of points to go around with seven players reaching double figures. Brook Lopez scored 21, Kyle Kuzma added 17, and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 16.

There were contributions aplenty. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Corey Brewer each recorded four steals.

Randle has settled into his role as a backup center since an initial production dip to start the season. After Sunday’s performance, in which he shot 11-of-18 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds, Walton was asked what it would take for Randle to play so well every night.

“That’s a good question,” he said. “I’m trying to figure that answer out. When he plays like he did tonight he’s as good as anyone in this league. … We keep trying to encourage him to make that his norm. I don’t have it figured out yet but I’m going to show him the good clips and the energy level the difference in what he looks like again tomorrow.

“He’ll just keep working on making that part of how he plays the game of basketball every night.”

The team-wide breakthrough was certainly notable, although by the time the night was over the Lakers were facing a Nuggets team that was far from full strength. Denver’s star center, Nikola Jokic, was ejected along with head coach Michael Malone with 6:20 remaining in the second after Malone ran onto the court to protest the lack of a foul call.

Four-time All-Star Paul Millsap soon joined his coach and teammate in the locker room with a wrist injury.

The night, however, belonged to Ball. It was one more reminder that the much-studied, frequently criticized 20-year-old has game to back up the celebrity image. Walton lamented the attention Ball receives, pointing to the emphasis given to Ball’s haircut three days earlier.

“One it’s impressive how he’s able to handle it,” Walton said. “Two, I think it’s a little bit nuts, but that’s the way it’s going to be.”

As Ball wrapped up his postgame interview session, veteran center Andrew Bogut piped up on his way out of the locker room. He asked,  “Zo, you ever going to get your hair cut ever again?”

Everyone laughed, because on Sunday everyone was allowed to enjoy the moment.

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