NBA In-Season 2023: Lakers vs. Grizzlies
On the night of Tuesday, November 14, the second day of the NBA In-Season 2023 tournament took place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Lakers, the home team, faced off against the Memphis Grizzlies. In their first game, the Lakers defeated the Suns with a score of 122-119, while the Grizzlies fell to the Jazz with a score of 127-121.
A Clash in the First Quarter
The Lakers vs. Grizzlies game heated up early in the first quarter when a clash between two players intensified the competition. Luke Kennard of the Grizzlies missed a three-point attempt, and LeBron James, the star player of the Lakers, grabbed the defensive rebound. James quickly sent a long pass from one end of the court to the other, which was received by Anthony Davis.
Davis managed to evade Santi Aldama’s defense and scored two points for the Lakers. However, an altercation between Davis and Aldama ensued, leading to both teams’ benches emptying onto the court. Davis pushed Aldama aggressively, prompting Desmond Bane to confront Davis. D’Angelo Russell also joined in on the Lakers’ side, resulting in a brief exchange of words and physical contact.
Referees and Coaching Staff Maintain Control
The referees and coaching staff of both teams acted swiftly and effectively to contain the players’ emotions. Their intervention prevented the situation from escalating further. At the end of the first quarter, the Lakers held a 37-26 lead over the Grizzlies.
Video of the Incident
Things getting heated in Lakers-Grizzlies now 😳