Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves and Philadelphia 76ers guard Patrick Beverley got into a heated confrontation during their matchup on Monday night. The fracas occurred late in the third quarter with the Sixers leading the Lakers 93-72.
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After the game, the Reaves said he wasn't surprised that Beverley went after him, according to Lakers Nation:
“Austin Reaves says he has a lot of respect for Pat Bev and that, as a competitor, he wasn't surprised to see him look to get him back tonight after doing the “too small” celebration on him last season.”
Patrick Beverley and Robert Covington double-teamed Reaves near the baseline. Covington seemingly nudged the Lakers star out of bounds, but Reaves didn't get the call. The officials ruled that that possession was in the Sixers' favor.
Just as Austin Reaves was headed the other way, Patrick Beverley ran into him. Before you knew it, the two guards got in each other's faces. Pat Bev raised his arms and never even made eye contact with Reaves.
The Sixers ended up blowing out the Lakers 138-94 on Monday. It was Los Angeles' worst loss of the 2023-24 NBA season so far. The Lakers' most lopsided loss before Monday night was a 128-94 beatdown at the hands of the Houston Rockets on Nov. 8.
Reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid recorded his first triple-double of the season against the Lakers on Monday. He had 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in the rout. Tyrese Maxey added 31 points.
Up next – The Lakers take on the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.