This time for walking away from skirmish

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LA's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Phoenix's Tyler Ulis engaged in a brief altercation during the fourth quarter of the skidding Lakers' latest loss on Friday night at Staples Center.

"It's the NBA. People ain't really gonna fight, so I ain't trying to get no tech", Ball said to Southern California News Group after the game.

There will be those that quickly point to Ball's lack of involvement in the entire ordeal rub off on many the wrong way because he didn't stick up for his team and come to defense or at least try to keep it from escalating any further. He plays 32 minutes per game, and in 16 games he had one game with 0 (zero) points, one game with 2 points, one game with 3 points (so let's wait for the 1-point game?), and only four double-digit points.

Jackson eagerly rushed in to confront Caldwell-Pope, while Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball created yet another immediate viral online sensation when he walked away from the drama. For better or for worse, real fights in the National Basketball Association have nearly entirely disappeared, so why risk getting a fine or a suspension?

The Phoenix Suns got embarrassed by the Houston Rockets on national television Thursday night. "I think we did that".

Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.

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Truth be told, Ball and the Lakers have bigger things to worry about. Just because we beat a team twice doesn't mean we're better than they.

It was on display December 20, when Devin Booker fouled Corey Brewer on a breakaway dunk and Larry Nance Jr. arrived to wallop Booker with a shoulder.

Booker scored 36 points in the Suns' home loss to the Lakers on Monday, and he kept up his history of torrid performances against LA.

Kuzma missed all six of his shots in the first half, but came out of halftime energized. "With Devin playing the way he is, getting another 30, you have to pay attention to him, and it creates space for everyone else", Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. Kuzma also notched a double-double with 10 rebounds.

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