Lakers don't give up the fight, but lose 122-113 to Suns


In the fourth quarter of Los Angeles' loss to the Suns at home, a shoving match between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tyler Ulis momentarily delayed the game.

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.

"It's the NBA. People ain't really going to fight".

That inefficiency has been fueled by three-point shooting struggles and turnover woes-the Lakers rank dead last in both categories-and it hasn't helped that Ball has failed to find his footing as a scorer.

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.

Caldwell-Pope, Ulis and Suns' rookie Josh Jackson, who came rushing in, all received technical fouls.

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"It's the National Basketball Association", he said, according to Southern California News Group's Bill Oram. "We probably came in complacent". Just because we beat a team twice doesn't mean we're better than they.

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Booker scored 36 points in the Suns' home loss to the Lakers on Monday, and he kept up his history of torrid performances against LA. While Devin Booker is an awesome talent, there isn't much else around him right now. "Seems like some of our guys really stepped up and made tough shots when they had to, or got to the free throw line". Brook Lopez finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while second-year forward Brandon Ingram added 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.

One night after giving up 90 points in the first half to Houston, the Suns yielded a measly 53 first-half points to the Lakers while jumping out to a 12-point lead. The Bulls will host the rematch November 28.

Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.