The Los Angeles Lakers‘ loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday had slightly additional drama to it thanks to at least one Patrick Beverley. Or Devin Booker, as Beverley would in all probability let you know.
The enjoyable started halfway by the fourth quarter on the Footprint Middle, when Booker hit Lakers guard Austin Reaves with a tough foul within the paint. Reaves instantly went down and Booker walked slowly previous him, then Suns middle Deandre Ayton approached the fallen participant.
Beverly apparently did not admire his teammate’s remedy by the Suns, as he then ran throughout the courtroom and hit Ayton with a tough shove to the again. The tip end result: a flagrant 1 foul for Booker and an ejection for Beverley.
Booker had some phrases for Beverley after the sport, by way of TNT’s Chris Haynes:
Booker’s assertion on the altercation:
“It was greater than it was imagined to be. Pat must cease pushing folks within the again, man. Push them within the chest. That is all I acquired to say.”
The 34-year-old Beverley is properly often called one of many NBA’s extra antagonistic gamers, and that status would not appear prone to change any time quickly. He joined the Lakers by way of commerce from the Minnesota Timberwolves by the use of the Utah Jazz and completed Wednesday’s recreation with zero factors, 10 rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.
Booker, in the meantime, had 25 factors, whereas Ayton chipped in 14 factors and 15 rebounds.
The 115-105 loss snapped a three-game successful streak for the Lakers, their finest stretch of the 12 months regardless of lacking LeBron James on account of a groin damage. In fact, these victories all got here towards groups with dropping information: the Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs.