Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tyler Ulis were involved in a brief scuffle during the fourth quarter of the Phoenix Suns' 122-113 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center, but the focus after the game wasn't on their heated exchange.
The Denver Nuggets have won four of their last five games and they will be looking to build on Friday's 146-114 blowout win over the Pelicans.
The Lakers have dropped five of six games since opening the season 5-5, and they rank last in the National Basketball Association in both turnovers and three-point shooting.
Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his career-high 30 points in the second half for the Lakers, who committed 20 turnovers while losing for the fifth time in six games.
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.
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"If we keep going out there playing hard together, keep building that chemistry ..."
"We understand that those were two games that we definitely should have won", Ulis said.
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The Suns (6-11) will play host to the Bulls (3-10) in the first of two meetings between the teams in 10 days.
Julius Randle scored 13 points off the bench for the Lakers, who shot 49.5 percent from the field and made just 7 of 25 3-point attempts.
For the second consecutive game between these two teams, a skirmish broke out between players. They meet one more time: February 6 at Staples Center.