Lonzo Ball returned to the court for the first time in seven games on Sunday for the Pelicans in Houston against the Rockets and looked like he never missed a step. Ball was a perfect 4-for-4 from the 3-point line in the first quarter, accounting for half of his career-high eight 3-pointers as part of his 27-point performance.
Each of Ball’s 27 points was needed as the Pelicans stopped their brief two-game skid with an important 122-115 win. Down Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Zion Williamson, among others, Ball’s return brought with it a return to some form of normalcy.
During the opening quarter, Hart, who is sidelined with a thumb injury, took to Twitter to react to his teammate’s fast start.
In the fourth quarter, Ball eclipsed his previous career-high of seven 3-pointers to set a new best mark, leading to another tweet from Hart.
With the win, the Pelicans move to 22-27 on the year but, more importantly, just a half-game out of the 10th seed and a spot in the play-in game for the postseason.