Lakers show more fight with effort and scuffle in loss to Bucks

Rachel Hardy
March 20, 2017

Luke Walton criticizes officials, Bucks staffer over on-court melee (read here): Baxter Holmes and Javan Buha of ESPN reported on Luke Walton's post-game anger over the incident that led to Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell's ejection, and the role played by a Bucks employee in the fracas. That set off a mini-skirmish, one where Greg Monroe came to his rookie's defense, and where D'Angelo Russell got in a late shove before things settled down.

Still, the National Basketball Association has to respond to players starting an altercation and putting their hands on an opponent during a game, and so Sunday they levied fines against three players: the Lakers' Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell, and the Bucks' Greg Monroe. He felt Monroe was the most to blame, saying he had "grabbed Nick by the neck and thrown him". "Because if that's okay, I'm sure we can find a couple of people here in LA who want that job working for the Lakers, too".

"I'm going to need an explanation on it because it made no sense to me", Walton steamed after the 107-103 loss. Monroe immediately stepped in and shoved Young, and Russell then became involved. If D'Angelo didn't push him, I would've been pissed off at D'Angelo.

All three players were ejected from the game. "They told me that D'Angelo got kicked out for escalating the situation".

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Said Ingram: "I know there's security around, but I've never seen that before".

Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points for the Lakers, who trimmed Milwaukee's lead from 18 points to 103-100 with 7.9 seconds left.

An NBA spokesman said Walton will not be fined for his comments. Nance added 13 points after logging only eight minutes against Houston. It's been a frustrating season in the City of Angels as the Lakeshow sit at 20-49 on the year.

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