Maybe LaVar Ball was right after all.
His youngest son, LaMelo Ball, didn’t start the game, but he finished strong.
The most recent ball shot an impressive 80 percent off the field and scored 27 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals in the Charolette Hornets 126-114 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Melo looks more and more like the player big ball said he would be.
The rookie guard replaced the injured Tery Rozier after Rozier sprained his right ankle at the end of the first half.
The Hornets had risen by 20 points at the beginning of the second half and were able to hold on to victory despite 34 points, eighteen rebounds and nine assists from Giannis Antetokoumpo for the Bucks.
Ball scored or assisted on 13 of the Hornet’s last 15 points.
The win was the second in a row for the Hornets, who currently sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Melo averages 12.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists in his first NBA season, while his older brother Lonzo has been the subject of trade talks last week.
It is not yet known how long the injured Rozier will be out.
The 2015 first-round draft pick is the Hornets’ second-best goalscorer with an average of 18.9 points per game.
The Hornets travel to Miami on Monday to face the heat.