On Friday, the latest installment in a series of near-brawls came with 3:17 left in a 122-113 Suns victory. As a team, the Nuggets shot a ridiculous 63 percent from the field and 18 of 35 from the three-point line as they were hardly challenged after dominating the first quarter by 37-19. Monroe had 20 points and 11 rebounds in his first start against Houston but had only six points while playing 16 minutes against the Lakers.
Devin Booker led Phoenix with 33 points on 13-of-26 shooting while rookie Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with a season-high 30 points.
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. Phoenix led by nine when the Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continued to harass point guard Tyler Ulis after a timeout had been called.
Lakers: Larry Nance Jr. has been cleared to return to practice earlier than expected. Ulis, Caldwell-Pope and Suns rookie Josh Jackson were given technical fouls following the fracas. He also added five steals.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said Saturday that one of Ball's teammates spoke to him about the incident but did not say who, per Shahan Ahmed of NBA LA.
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"We understand that those were two games that we definitely should have won", Ulis said. "We know what kind of player he is, he knows what kind of player he is and he's going to be just fine".
Truth be told, Ball and the Lakers have bigger things to worry about.
The Lakers (6-10) have lost two in a row at home after spending the previous week on the road. The Suns shot 47.1 percent, including 40.6 percent on 32 3-point attempts.
For the second consecutive game between these two teams, a skirmish broke out between players.