"Third Brother Ball" Jr. Boll sprained his left ankle for the third time this season and left the game.

(Associated Press)

[Sports Center/Comprehensive Report] The Hornets played away against the Rockets today. Although they finally won the game 122:117, the bad news is that the team's star guard "Third Brother Ball" LaMelo Ball left the game with a sprained left ankle , and failed to return after leaving the field.

At 9 minutes and 30 seconds of the third quarter, LaMelo Ball was stepped on by his teammate PJ Washington during a wave of rebounds. His left ankle was directly compressed and sprained. The team also announced during the game that Ball Jr. will not return this game.

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LaMelo Ball has his ankle stepped on and has to be helped to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/rQYsny7cHi

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This is already the third time that Ball has sprained his left ankle this season. The first time he sprained his left ankle so much that he missed the warm-up match and the first 13 games of the season. The second time was in mid-November last year. Sprained from going to the sidelines and missed another 11 games.

In this game, Ball Jr. scored 13 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists before he retired from injury.

Rocket star J. Green (Jalen Green) scored a career-high 41 points in this game, and second-year potential center Alperen Sengun (Alperen Sengun) scored 24 points and 12 rebounds, but the team lost to 7 players who scored in double figures. The Hornets swallowed their worst 12-game losing streak this season.

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