ANBL: Hampton v Ball match-up breaks viewing record

LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton.
LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton. Photo credit: Image: Getty

The clash of top NBA prospects RJ Hampton and LaMelo Ball made the match between the NZ Breakers and Illawarra Hawks the most-watched game in NBL history with nearly two million views globally on Facebook.

According to figures released by the NBL, the match attracted 1.9 million views, surpassing the one million views for Ball's first game for Illawarra against Brisbane on October 6.

There were an estimated five million views on highlights from the game shared on social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

League owner Larry Kestelman said the league had established itself as the second-best in the world, behind the NBA.

"It reinforces the NBL's status as the second-best domestic basketball league in the world and our commitment to make the game available to more people to watch when and how they choose across different platforms as we continue to grow our audience across Australia and globally," Kestelman said.

The Breakers take on Melbourne United on Saturday October 26.