Lakers’ Patrick Beverley ejected for shoving Suns’ Deandre Ayton: ‘I’m going to defend my teammate’

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley and Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton got into an altercation during Tuesday night’s game.

The heat turned on at the Footprint Center late in the fourth quarter. With approximately 3:55 remaining in the game, Beverley was ejected for shoving Ayton following a foul called on Devin Booker against Austin Reaves which was assessed a flagrant foul-1 upon review. Booker then fouled.

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Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, left, shoots a 3-pointer against Austin Reaves, number 15, of the Los Angeles Lakers, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, left, shoots a 3-pointer against Austin Reaves, number 15, of the Los Angeles Lakers, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.
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The Suns won the game 115-105 and no one apologized after the game.

Booker said he didn’t like it when Beverley ran in and pushed Ayton to the ground out of nowhere.

“I would have a lot more respect if I shoved him in the chest when the guy was facing him,” Booker said after the game.

Beverley said she was defending her teammate.

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Patrick Beverley, #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers, reacts after pushing Deandre Ayton, #22 of the Phoenix Suns, to the ground, along with Anthony Davis, #3, and Austin Reaves, #15, during the second half of the NBA game .  at the Footprint Center on November 22, 2022 in Phoenix.

Patrick Beverley, #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers, reacts after pushing Deandre Ayton, #22 of the Phoenix Suns, to the ground, along with Anthony Davis, #3, and Austin Reaves, #15, during the second half of the NBA game . at the Footprint Center on November 22, 2022 in Phoenix.
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“I have one person on the ground, two people looking above average, mugging and puffing their chests and the refs don’t get in to separate it, control the game, so I’m going to defend my teammate.”, he said, via ESPN.

“I’m not going for that s—. Obviously, it’s unfortunate that it happened on national TV. But you know me: regardless of what’s going on, I’m a big fan of protecting my teammates… I’m a trench guy. I put on the jersey and I commit to a team, I commit to a city, and it’s like my motto. I’m a trench guy. It’s a very unfortunate situation though.”

Lakers coach Darvin Ham also defended Beverley.

“From what I saw, Ayton was standing there ready to go over (Reaves),” Ham said. “I’m not mad at (Beverley). He’s out there protecting his teammate and I’m sure he’s going to have to go through some kind of consequence for that, but that’s what we have to be. Teams need to know they just can’t “. push us”.

Deandre Ayton, #22, of the Phoenix Suns, jumps past Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

Deandre Ayton, #22, of the Phoenix Suns, jumps past Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.
(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

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The Lakers fell to 5-11 with the loss and the Suns improved to 11-6.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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