Lakers' Patrick Beverley ejected for shoving Suns' Deandre Ayton - ESPN

PHOENIX -- Lakers look after Patrick Beverley became ejected for shoving Suns middle Deandre Ayton to the flooring late in l. a.' a hundred and fifteen-105 loss on Tuesday, however the longtime veteran spoke of his actions were induced by means of how Phoenix avid gamers have been treating L.A. swingman Austin Reaves.

"bought someone on the ground, two individuals looking over suggest-mugging and puffing their chest out and referees don't get into it to sort of separate it, handle the game, so i am going to arise for my teammate," Beverley pointed out.

With 3:55 ultimate in the fourth quarter and the Suns up 106-96, Devin Booker was referred to as for a capturing foul on Reaves, making contact with the 2d-year player then standing over him and watching him while Reaves turned into on the floor. Then Ayton stood over Reaves, at which factor Beverley ran several steps and body checked Ayton along with his left shoulder when the Suns big man wasn't looking.

"i'm now not going for that s---," Beverley spoke of. "certainly, or not it's unlucky that it happened on countrywide tv. however you comprehend me: despite what's occurring, i'm a huge fan of preserving my teammates. ... i'm a foxhole guy. I placed on the jersey, and that i commit to a crew, I commit to a metropolis, and or not it's variety of my motto. i am a foxhole man.

"Very unfortunate situation, notwithstanding."

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    After a video review, Booker changed into assessed a flagrant foul 1 for his hit on Reaves, Beverley become assessed a technical foul and ejected, and Ayton additionally become T'd up.

    "I really didn't see plenty after I received hit within the nose," Reaves observed. "i believed i used to be bleeding, so i was on the ground. And after I did turnaround, I saw Pat have my back, which i really like. each person on the team ... is a similar manner. If it was him, we would've executed the identical aspect for him."

    Reaves said he had already advised Beverley that he liked him "4 or five times" from the end of the video game to the time that Reaves spoke to journalists.

    "he's a group player," Reaves stated. "He rocks with who he rocks with. Whoever is on his team, you admire him. you love him. you're completely satisfied he's in your group. When he is not, he's a pest, does all that stuff, all those little things. but I simply recognize him for who he is and standing up for me."

    The Suns failed to share the same appreciation.

    "I just believe the league must take a glance at these kinds of plays; they may be just pointless," Phoenix coach Monty Williams spoke of. "it be just getting foolish. this is the best word i will come up with."

    Ayton observed he made bound to hold his composure after the incident.

    "He ain't harm me, he didn't take nothing out of my pocket and that i ain't react," he said.

    Booker advised it wasn't the primary time he has viewed Beverley use an inexpensive shot in a online game.

    "Pat must cease pushing individuals within the back," Booker observed throughout his on-court interview after the online game as a part of the TNT broadcast. "Push them within the chest. it's all I got to claim."

    When advised of Booker's feedback, Beverley observed: "i am now not going from side to side with all of that."

    Patrick Beverley took exception to Suns avid gamers standing over Lakers teammate Austin Reaves when he turned into on the ground, and Beverley responded through shoving Phoenix center Deandre Ayton to the court docket, incomes an computerized ejection. Christian Petersen/Getty photographs

    The altercation grabbed the spotlight from an otherworldly effort from Anthony Davis to are attempting to hold L.A.'s three-game successful streak intact as LeBron James (groin) sat for a fifth straight day trip. Davis complete with 37 aspects on 11-for-17 taking pictures and 15-for-16 from the free throw line, 21 rebounds, five steals and 5 blocks to turn into the first player in league historical past to notch as a minimum 35 facets, 20 rebounds, five steals and 5 blocks in a video game.

    Davis additionally confronted Ayton after Beverley shoved the Phoenix center.

    "We're not ever going to let any person stand over our teammate or make them consider like they are now not a man," Davis noted. "that is disrespectful."

    Lakers coach Darvin Ham counseled that the league may levy further self-discipline against Beverley, but Ham become ok with the spirit of Beverley's action.

    "Pat Bev, you don't desire just to be a tricky man competition; you actually are looking to play challenging basketball. but on the conclusion of the day, i'm no longer mad at him," Ham noted. "he is there retaining his teammate, and i'm bound he'll doubtless move through some category of end result for that.

    "but at the conclusion of the day, it is what we have to be as Lakers: We received to be collectively."

    When requested if he became worried concerning the NBA punishing him, Beverley pointed out, "for certain," however brought he would accept any fallout from the altercation.

    "Very unprofessional on my own. actually might have reacted in a unique method," he stated. "So, yeah, i'm a large boy. i could take my lumps youngsters they come."

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