Lonzo Ball Had No Interest In Backing Teammates During Lakers-Suns Fight

Lonzo Ball Had No Interest In Backing Teammates During Lakers-Suns Fight

Lonzo Ball Had No Interest In Backing Teammates During Lakers-Suns Fight

When the Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Suns' Tyler Ulis got tangled up, players from both sides rush to their defense.

For the third time in as many games, the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns got into an altercation late in the fourth quarter. Ulis, Caldwell-Pope and Suns rookie Josh Jackson were given technical fouls following the fracas. In their first two meetings, the Lakers were able to defeat the Suns.

The Suns' previous losses to the Lakers were by two and seven points.

These two young teams have had extracurricular altercations in each of their meetings this season.

Three of Caldwell-Pope's Lakers teammates who were on the floor rushed over to separate the players, but Lonzo Ball took one look at the developing scuffle and continued his stroll over toward the bench.

Newcomer Greg Monroe has started the last two games at center for the Suns in place of Tyson Chandler, who was sidelined by an infectious respiratory illness.

As if Lonzo Ball hasn't struggled enough to open his National Basketball Association career, the rookie point guard is taking some viral heat for turning his back and walking away from a skirmish involving his Lakers teammates. "I ain't trying to get no tech". Phoenix bounced back impressively after giving up 142 points in a home loss to Houston one night earlier.

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Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Rookie Lonzo Ball, who made waves on Friday by sporting a tight new haircut, finished with six points, six rebounds and six assists.

As with most things Ball does, it created a bit of a stir on NBA Twitter. "We probably came in complacent". "I think we did that".

Suns: Big man Dragan Bender celebrated his 20th birthday with 10 points and five rebounds.

It was on display December 20, when Devin Booker fouled Corey Brewer on a breakaway dunk and Larry Nance Jr. arrived to wallop Booker with a shoulder. The forward broke his left hand November 2 and was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. Phoenix (5-11) beat the Lakers, 122-113. Kyle Kuzma has 263 points in 505 minutes.

His 30 points were the most by a rookie this season, and his six games of 20 or more points rank first among National Basketball Association rookies this season. That came a day after a 142-116 loss to Houston in which the Suns gave up 90 points in the first half, tied for the second-most points given up in one half in National Basketball Association history.

Suns: Host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

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