The fun began in the middle of the fourth quarter at the footprint position, when Booker hit a Lakers guard Austin Reeves With a severe error in the coating. Reeves immediately went down and Booker slowly passed him, then Suns center Dendre Ayton approached the downed player.
Evidently not appreciating his teammate’s treatment by the Suns, Beverley ran across the court and hit Ayton with a slam dunk in the back. The end result: a booker blunt and Beverley sent off.
Booker had a few words for Beverly after the match, via TNT’s Chris Haynes:
Booker’s statement on the brawl:
“It was more than it was supposed to be. Pat needs to stop shoving people in the back, man. Push ’em in the chest. That’s all I have to say.”
The 34-year-old Beverly is known as one of the NBA’s most antagonistic players, and that reputation doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. Join the Lakers via trade from Minnesota Timberwolves via Utah Jazz He finished Wednesday’s game with zero points, 10 rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.
Meanwhile, Booker scored 25 points, while Ayton had 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Loss 115-105 snapped a three-game winning streak for the Lakers, their best stretch of the year despite the loss LeBron James due to a thigh injury. Of course, all of those wins have come against teams with losing records: the Brooklyn NetworksAnd the Detroit Pistons And the San Antonio Spurs.