Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tyler Ulis were involved in a brief scuffle during the fourth quarter of the Phoenix Suns' 122-113 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center, but the focus after the game wasn't on their heated exchange.

Ok, he had a dinner with Kobe last night, so I expect from him to average more than 18 points per game this season. This was a game where the Rockets put up 90 points in the first half and cruised to an easy win.

Rather, the spotlight shined on Lonzo Ball-who was seen walking away from the altercation without interceding. "I think he is going to be all right". Ball had a quiet six points, six assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes.

Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.

So far, Lonzo Ball has 8.8 points, 6.8 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game, but with 30.8% FG and embarrassing 22.7% from the downtown. Just because we beat a team twice doesn't mean we're better than they. The forward broke his left hand November 2 and was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. These two teams will meet up for the first time since November 13th 2017, a 100-93 Los Angeles victory (Clarkson: 25 points in 26 minutes off bench).

Kuzma missed all six of his shots in the first half, but came out of halftime energized. "Seems like some of our guys really stepped up and made tough shots when they had to, or got to the free throw line". The rookie from the University of Utah became the first Lakers rookie to get 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Magic Johnson did it in 1980.

Although the Lakers would never re-take the lead, the two teams battled back and forth, with the Suns' outside shooting that would hold the Lakers off.

Ball, who hasn't scored in double-figures in his past three games, will try and build some positive momentum Sunday when the Denver Nuggets make a trip to Hollywood. 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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