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 to the ground, along with Anthony Davis #3 and Austin Reaves #15, during the second half of an NBA game at Footprint Center on November 22, 2022 in Phoenix , Arizona. Beverley was kicked out of the play. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

The NBA suspended Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley for three games without pay Thursday for allegedly pushing Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind and knocking him to the floor.

According to the NBA release, the suspension was “based in part on Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike conduct.”

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

Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected.

He will serve his suspension on 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 served a one-game suspension for shoving Suns guard Chris Paul from behind and hitting him on the court on June 30, 2021.

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