Lonzo Ball accepted blame for Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell's momentum-changing, one-handed putback dunk and the Los Angeles Lakers' eventual 96-81 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. "Put this loss on me," Ball said. "We were coming back. Two dumb plays by me, and they got up." Ball, the Lakers' No. 2 overall pick, was held to 9 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 turnovers. It was the first time this season that Ball failed to post at least 7 rebounds in a game. Ball and the Lakers fell behind 31-16 at the end of the first quarter but were within six late in the third, when Mitchell came flying from the wing on an Alec Burks' missed 3, catching and throwing down the rebound with a thunderous, one-handed putback dunk that electrified the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Ball was in position to grab the rebound, and no one boxed out Mitchell, who had a running start. Ball then threw a turnover on the ensuing play, and that led to a Mitchell 3-pointer that pushed the Jazz lead back to 11 heading into the fourth. The Lakers got no closer than five after that. "That was my fault," Ball said of the Mitchell putback dunk, which Lakers coach Luke Walton said swung the momentum. "If you think about it, that kind of changed the whole course of the game. ... I should have boxed him out. Then I threw the turnover." Ball struck a more defiant and determined tone on Twitter after the loss.
Lonzo Ball: 'Two dumb plays' by me ended Lakers' comeback chances
ESPN | Oct 29