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“You know, make them feel like they’re not a man”

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Anthony Davis was alongside Deandre Ayton when Patrick Beverley came out of nowhere to level the Phoenix Suns starting center. AD then defended Beverley’s action, pointing out that the fiery playmaker was just defending Austin Reaves.

Here’s what Davis had to say about the smash that happened late in the fourth quarter of the Suns-Lakers game:

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“He started talking towards the end of the game, Ayton. He was talking to Pat [Beverley] then somehow it headed my way so we went back and forth and then they actually hit Austin [Reaves] in the face. All my focus was right on him [Ayton], we went back and forth then Pat. I feel like he’s standing above him, above Austin.

“He [Beverley] did what he had to do, just got his teammate’s back. We will never let anyone stand above our teammate. You know, make them feel like they’re not a man. It’s disrespectful in a way.

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Before Patrick Beverley checked Deandre Ayton after watching Austin Reaves, Anthony Davis, Beverley and Ayton were already twittering. AD dominated Ayton at both ends of the court, which visibly frustrated and annoyed the Suns big man.

With 3:55 minutes left in the game, Reaves drove the baseline for a layup that was smothered by Devin Booker. Replays showed Booker’s hand grabbed Reaves in the face, which sent the Lakers shooting guard crumpled to the floor.

Since there was no call to start, Booker looked at Reaves before Ayton, who caught the miss, did the same. If the referees had been quick enough to stop the stare, it wouldn’t have gotten out of hand.

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With Ayton eyeing Reaves, Patrick Beverley pushed him from behind, knocking the former No. 1 pick down. Anthony Davis, who was just as stunned as Ayton, joined the fray before cooler heads intervened.

There’s been no love lost between the LA Lakers and Phoenix Suns since the 2021 playoffs. Anthony Davis has mentioned many times over the past few years that while he and LeBron James had been healthy, Suns would have been eliminated.

Davis noted after the game that they were just trying to win the game and the dust had nothing to do with the past. Devin Booker wasn’t so diplomatic in a post-game interview about their past battles and smiled when asked about the history of the two teams.


The Phoenix Suns didn’t have an answer for Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis dominated the Phoenix Suns on both ends of the field.Anthony Davis dominated the Phoenix Suns on both ends of the field.
Anthony Davis dominated the Phoenix Suns on both ends of the field.

The LA Lakers didn’t have LeBron James and, unsurprisingly, it all went through Anthony Davis. As they have in the previous four games, AD was more than up to the task.

Davis lit up the Suns with a monster double-double, finishing the night with 37 points and 21 rebounds. He added five blocks, five steals and two assists to his tally.

AD was injured in the 2021 playoffs and reminded Phoenix of what he could have done had he been completely healthy. Deandre Ayton, who had the unenviable task of containing Davis, could only shake his head a few times in utter helplessness.

Last night, Anthony Davis became the first player in NBA history to record at least 35 points, 20 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 blocks. 🤯😳😳

Last night, Anthony Davis became the first player in NBA history to record at least 35 points, 20 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 blocks. 🤯😳 https://t.co/0BHdGcHNS9

The Phoenix Suns and LA Lakers will meet three more times this season. These games will be long-awaited and long-awaited one-on-one battles.

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