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FULLERTON, Calif. -- UCLA coach Steve Alford thought Lonzo Ball got off to a slow start Thursday night.If that was a slow start for Ball, it bodes very well for the Bruins this season.The freshman sensation had 18 points and 11 assists for his third career double-double, turning in several spectacular plays as No. 14 UCLA romped past Portland 99-77 in the first round of the Wooden Legacy.The guys fed off him. If hes learning anything, its that this team really trusts him, Alford said. When he gets rolling, it really helps what we are doing at both ends.All five starters for UCLA (5-0) scored in double figures, buoyed by impressive ball movement that led to a tournament-record 29 assists on 36 field goals. Thomas Welsh added 16 points and 10 rebounds, Isaac Hamilton had 16 points, TJ Leaf scored 14 and Bryce Alford 13.Pilots coach Terry Porter, a longtime NBA player and coach, said Ball is a bigger version of Jason Kidd and a better shooter than Kidd was coming out of California.Man, hes just got a lot of good skills, Porter said. Just a big point guard with great vision, really plays the right way, plays unselfishly.Jazz Johnson scored 25 points for Portland (3-1), which trailed 45-37 at halftime after going 7 of 13 on 3-pointers.UCLA used an 11-0 run early in the second half to open a 21-point lead, allowing the Bruins to put on a show for the partisan crowd.It appeared UCLA would become the first team to score 100 points in the 22-year history of this event, but the Bruins fell just short. They easily sped past the 93 points Louisville scored in a 1996 overtime win.BIG PICTUREUCLA: The Bruins got a necessary lesson in perimeter defense. Hot outside shooting can get a team upset in March, and Coach Alford gets to impart that without actually losing a game. No one can question UCLAs offensive firepower, but it will be the other side of the ball that determines how much the Bruins accomplish in Ball and Leafs freshman season.Portland: The Pilots hung in admirably for a half and can build on that. UCLA is going to steamroll plenty of teams this season, but Portland made the Bruins exert themselves for longer than anyone would have expected. On nights when Portland shoots the ball well and plays solid defense, it should be able to challenge the top teams in the strong West Coast Conference.POLL IMPLICATIONSUCLA will certainly take Pac-12 rival Oregons spot at No. 13 if it wins the Wooden Legacy, but any further upward momentum is unlikely unless the weekend brings a spate of upsets. The Ducks should remain ranked in the teens after dropping their opener in the Maui Invitational, which will leave No. 8 Arizona and No. 11 Gonzaga as the highest-ranked teams on the West Coast before the Wildcats and Bulldogs square off Dec. 3.FRESH MENBall and Leaf are entering the firsts portion of their brief college careers, playing in their first tournament this weekend, facing their first Power Five opposition Friday and first road trip at No. 1 Kentucky next week.Coach Alford is pleased with how Ball and Leaf have been able to handle and process such moments so far.They learn as they go, but they are doing a great job of figuring it out as they are learning these new experiences, he said.HIGHLIGHT REELAaron Holiday found Ball for a nifty reverse alley-oop. The freshman was in midair parallel to the basket when he tossed the ball up and in, a play that reflected the infectious willingness to move the ball that has energized UCLA.It becomes contagious, Steve Alford said. Well pass up wide-open looks to get somebody an even better look and thats something that is fun to watch as a coach.HE SAID ITI thought we were soft and allowed them to be comfortable, especially in that first half, Alford said of UCLAs defense to start the game.UP NEXTUCLA will face Nebraska in a second-round game Friday after the Cornhuskers downed Dayton 80-78.Portland plays the Flyers on the consolation side of the bracket Friday.---This story has been corrected to fix spelling of last name of Thomas Welsh and number of career double-doubles for Lonzo Ball. Cheap Tennessee Titans Jerseys . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. 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Louis Blues teammates who would also be participating in the Olympics, Alex Pietrangelo felt right at home, no different in some ways to the travel experience of any old road trip – save for the length of the journey, that is. Charlotte Hornets small forward Nicolas Batum is expected to meet with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, a league source told ESPN.The Mavs are exploring options to replace small forward Chandler Parsons, who sources say is expected to leave in free agency with Dallas declining to offer him a maximum contract and prioritizing other targets.Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley and Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside are the Mavs top priorities, and sources say Dallas is prepared to offer both players max deals.If the Mavs are successful with their ambitious Plan A, they would not have cap space to spend at small forward and would likely promote Justin Anderson after a promising end to the 2015 first-round picks rookie year.The versatile Batum, who played with Mavs shooting guard Wesley Matthews inn Portland, could rank at or near the top of Dallas contingency plans.dddddddddddd He averaged 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists for the Hornets last season after being traded from Portland to Charlotte over the summer.The Hornets are still widely considered front-runners to keep Batum, especially if Charlotte is willing to offer him a fifth year on his contract, which only the Hornets can do. 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