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Lonzo Ball's beautiful second half vs. Cincinnati should have NBA fans salivating

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The freshman looked special in the second half against Cincy to move UCLA into the Sweet 16.

Lonzo Ball spent 20 minutes on Sunday reminding everyone watching exactly why he’s a consensus top-five pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. It came in a decisive win, as the UCLA Bruins beat down the Cincinnati Bearcats 79-67 thanks to a nearly flawless second half.

At halftime, Ball had seven points and zero assists. It wasn’t a bad half, but it was a quiet one for the freshman phenom. That changed as soon as the second half began, as Ball took off. On back-to-back possessions, he buried long, NBA-range triples.

In the second half, Ball scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, with nine assists. It was a classic Ball performance, as Draft Express’s Mike Schmitz pointed out.

Here’s a beauty of an alley-oop pass to T.J. Leaf.

Ball had one famous admirer watching.

In his post-game interview, Ball had none of the headline-grabbing bravado of his dad, nor any awkwardness from being a freshman. He handled the questions well, rattled off the usual cliches and dropped one great quote: “It’s winning time.”

Next up for Ball is a matchup against Kentucky. We’ll see how far he can carry UCLA.