NBA: frustration and wrangling at the Los Angeles Lakers

Debacle for the Lakers: LeBron James and Co. received a violent beating from the Phoenix Suns in front of their own audience. While Chris Paul makes history, LA makes negative headlines outside of the sporting world – including scuffles on the bench.

Los Angeles Lakers (0-2) Phoenix Suns (1-1) 105:115 (BOXSCORE)

“The Los Angeles Lakers have a team problem and a basketball problem.” That was the conclusion of franchise legend Magic Johnson shortly after the second bankruptcy in the second game of the season. On the one hand he alluded to a team in purple and gold that was inferior for a long time, on the other hand to an apparently already enormous level of frustration in the ranks of the Lakers and internal quarrels.

The end result was still flattering from a Lakers perspective thanks to a late run when the game was actually decided long ago. The guests from the Arizona desert took control of the game in the second quarter and opened up a gap of 32 points after the break.

Ultimately, LeBron James’ 25 points (8/18 FG, 5/9 three-pointers, plus 5 assists with 5 turnovers) or Anthony Davis’ double-double (22 and 14 rebounds) did little to prevent the debacle. Russell Westbrook scratched a triple-double (15, 11 rebounds and 9 assists at 6/15 FG), Carmelo Anthony contributed 16 points.

The Lakers made the headlines less sporty, but rather with a scuffle on their own bench. Dwight Howard and AD clashed during a hiatus and had to be separated from teammates. “There are no problems between us,” Howard played down the post-game scene. “He’s my brother. We had a disagreement about something that happened on the court and we’re both just really passionate.”

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