Brook Lopez, Trey Lyles ejected after late scuffle in Bucks-Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown wasn’t precisely positive what occurred in a skirmish between each groups towards the tip of a 133-124 loss to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night time. But Brown had a message for any NBA workforce hoping to check his Kings as they shut in on making the postseason for the primary time since 2006.
“I don’t know what happened, but ain’t taking no s— from nobody,” Brown mentioned after the sport. “Trust me on that. And they’re all going to have each other’s backs in there.”
Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo was slowly dribbling out the ultimate seconds left within the recreation in entrance of Kings ahead Trey Lyles. Several Kings mentioned after the sport that they took exception to Antetokounmpo’s gradual and angled dribbling.
A pissed off Lyles tried to steal the ball from Antetokounmpo earlier than shoving him with two arms with 15.1 seconds left. Unbeknownst to Antetokounmpo, Bucks middle Brook Lopez approached Lyles nose to nose. Lyles responded by grabbing Lopez’s neck. Lopez following instantly by grabbing the again of Lyle’s head earlier than referees, gamers, coaches and safety from each groups rapidly converged.
The scenario settled down because the skirmish reached the scorer’s desk, after an irate Lopez needed to be calmed close to half court docket.
Lopez and Lyles have been each ejected. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer additionally performed it protected by taking Antetokounmpo out of the sport.
The Bucks have been up simply 120-116 with 3:11 remaining earlier than ending the victory with a 13-6 run.
“It’s unfortunate,” Budenholzer mentioned. “I think it was a great game. I was so impressed by Sacramento and the way they play. I’m not going to say anything about what did or didn’t happen.”
Said Kings guard De’Aaron Fox: “Giannis could just dribble the ball out. That’s all he had to do, and nothing would have happened.”
Antetokounmpo had a game-high 46 factors, 12 rebounds and 4 assists, whereas teammate Khris Middleton added 31 factors and 9 assists. Fox had a team-high 35 factors for Sacramento, and fellow All-Star Domantas Sabonis added his tenth triple-double of the season 23 factors, 17 rebounds and 15 assists.