Lakers PG Lonzo Ball carried off court after spraining left ankle

HOUSTON -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball exited Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets after spraining his left ankle.

Ball, who sprained the same ankle against the Denver Nuggets in late November, turned his ankle after colliding with James Ennis III with 8:39 remaining in the third quarter.

He fell to the floor in pain and had to be carried to the locker room by Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley during the Lakers' ensuing timeout.

The Lakers said Ball was going to an area hospital for X-rays as the machine at the Toyota Center wasn't working.

Ball had eight points and 11 assists at the time of the injury, with seven of those assists coming in the first quarter as L.A. raced out to a 39-26 lead after one. The seven assists tied his career high for assists in a quarter.

Shortly after Ball's injury, with the Rockets storming back from a 21-point deficit on their home floor to cut it to seven, Lakers coach Luke Walton was ejected for picking up two technical fouls. Brian Shaw took over head coaching duties in Walton's stead.