NBA: “Lakers” player Patrick Beverley was suspended for three games

Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after pushing Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns along with Anthony Davis #3 and Austin Reaves #15 during the second half of an NBA game at Footprint Center on Nov. 22 at Footprint Center . 2022, Phoenix, Arizona. Beverly was ejected from the game. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

The NBA suspended Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley three games without pay on Thursday for allegedly pushing Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind.

The suspension was “based in part on Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike conduct,” the NBA said in a statement.

The incident happened with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 115-105 loss in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Beverly was assessed a technical foul and was ejected from the game.

He will begin serving his suspension Friday when the Lakers visit the San Antonio Spurs. He is eligible to return for Los Angeles’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Beverley, 34, is averaging 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 14 games this season, his first with the Lakers.

While playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, Beverley received a one-game suspension on June 30, 2021, after pushing Suns guard Chris Paul from behind and knocking him to the court.

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