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Lakers' LeBron James heaps praise on Lonzo Ball's playmaking: 'We're one and the same'

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Saturday night, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball combined to become the first teammates since Jason Kidd and Vince Carter in 2007 to both record a triple-double in the same game, and the first Lakers teammates to do so since Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1982.

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The duo combined for 21 of the Lakers 34 assists in their 128-100 win over the Charlotte Hornets, sharing the playmaking duties as the Lakers punished the Hornets in transition. After the amazing performance, James heaped praise on Ball and his commitment to making his teammates better.

"We're one and the same when it comes to our playmaking ability," James said of Ball, via The Los Angeles Times. "We're always looking for our teammates and that's the greatest satisfaction we can have when we see our teammates score the ball.

"We've always been pretty good rebounders for our position, him at the guard spot, me at the forward spot. And then being able to put the ball in the hole as well. We just try to be aggressive, attack the rim, make shots from the outside when guys disrespect us and we showed all of that Saturday."

Ball says that James is a player he grew up idolizing, so creating history alongside him is something he certainly doesn't take for granted.

"Ever since he got here, it's been a dream come true for me," Ball said via ESPN. "I watched him my whole life -- he was my idol growing up. Then we both get a triple-double in the same game. I don't even know if I dreamed of that before. It was a good day today."

James finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while Ball recorded 16 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season.

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