The Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday was made a little dramatic thanks to one Patrick Beverley. Or Devin Booker, as Beverly would probably tell you.
The fun began in the middle of the fourth quarter at the Footprint Center when Booker took a hard foul on the paint of Lakers defenseman Austin Reeves. Reeves immediately fell, and Booker slowly walked past him, then Suns center Deandre Ayton approached the fallen player.
Beverley apparently did not appreciate the Suns’ treatment of his teammate as he then ran across the court and pushed Ayton hard in the back. End result: Booker’s 1 rough foul and Beverley’s removal.
Booker had a few words to Beverly after the game via TNT’s Chris Haynes:
Booker’s statement on the quarrel:
“It was more than it should have been. Pat needs to stop pushing people in the back, man. Push them in the chest. That’s all I wanted to say”.
Beverley, 34, is well known as one of the NBA’s most antagonistic players, and that reputation is unlikely to change anytime soon. He joined the Lakers in a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Utah Jazz and finished Wednesday’s game with zero points, 10 rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.
Meanwhile, Booker had 25 points and Ayton had 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The 115–105 loss snapped the Lakers’ three-game winning streak, their best stretch of the year despite the absence of LeBron James due to a groin injury. Of course, all of these victories were against record losing teams: the Brooklyn Nets, the Detroit Pistons, and the San Antonio Spurs.