Lonzo Ball Had No Interest In Backing Teammates During Lakers-Suns Fight

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LA's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Phoenix's Tyler Ulis engaged in a brief altercation during the fourth quarter of the skidding Lakers' latest loss on Friday night at Staples Center. Lonzo Ball scored six points with six rebounds, six assists and five steals while playing 38 minutes, but the Lakers needed more from their bench who were outscored by the Suns' bench by 53-28. "By Game 3, 4, 5, it starts to get chippy".

Lonzo Ball has had a rough start to his National Basketball Association career, and it probably isn't going to get any easier after Friday night. "I think we're going to carry it on to the next game", Dunn told reporters.

The story of the night was the Lakers' defensive woes as they gave up 67 points in the first half and were unable to get stops down the stretch as they almost completed a comeback.

"It's the National Basketball Association", he said, according to Southern California News Group's Bill Oram.

Caldwell-Pope, Ulis and Suns' rookie Josh Jackson, who came rushing in, all received technical fouls. Like the Lakers, the Suns are a rebuilding team, and they will likely be in for a rough season after trading away one of their best players in Eric Bledsoe.

It was on display December 20, when Devin Booker fouled Corey Brewer on a breakaway dunk and Larry Nance Jr. arrived to wallop Booker with a shoulder. "Seems like some of our guys really stepped up and made tough shots when they had to, or got to the free throw line". Kyle Kuzma led the team with 30 points and 10 rebounds, Brook Lopez added 19 points with 10 rebounds and three assists while Brandon Ingram added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

His 30 points were the most by a rookie this season, and his six games of 20 or more points rank first among National Basketball Association rookies this season. Booker nailed two 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds, with Ball's first field goal on a layup sandwiched between them.

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