WATCH: Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook Gang Up and Shove Spurs Player After Ugly Altercation

Published 11/15/2021, 8:49 AM EST
Nov 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) and guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) celebrate win against San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. The Lakers win 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers faced a team that really gave it their all to make a comeback. And even though the San Antonio Spurs eventually landed up on the losing side, they left with their heads held high. But as intense and interesting as this game was, could have also turned into a battlefield. Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook were about to give Drew Eubanks a hard time after his almost fight with Talen Horton-Tucker.

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Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook rushed to protect THT

In the past week and a half, the league has seen many NBA players getting into fights. From Nikola Jokic pushing Markieff Morris, that led to an outburst from Jimmy Butler to Myles Turner and Rudy Gobert’s face-off getting out of hand, it’s been quite happening overall. Players getting suspended left-and-right for their behavior on the court seems to have become a trend.

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And it seems like the Lakers vs Spurs matchup could have been the site for another such violent breakout. While a player from the Spurs was taking a shot from the arc, Drew Eubanks was standing under the bucket to grab the rebound. Defending him, was Talen Horton-Tucker, who received a shove from Eubanks before the ball even hit the rim.

And once the ball bounced off, it landed into Drew’s hands who was about to take another shot at it. However, Tucker ended up fouling him which led to things getting a little physical there and Eubanks became aggressive. As soon as the whistles blew up, fans could see Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook rushing to stand by their teammate against Eubanks and even pushed him. Thankfully, everything remained under control.

Talen Horton-Tucker’s debut did a lot of good for the Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers had entered this game with a lot of urgency. They had just suffered an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves and needed this victory to make their comeback. Although they did show signs of struggle, they could finish the game with a 114-106 victory.

Tucker, who hadn’t played since the season began, had a decent return on the defensive end of the floor. He was even the second-highest scorer with 17 points. But of course, it was AD’s 34-point performance that eventually did the trick.

Nov 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) charges offensive foul against San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. The Lakers win 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

With LeBron James out, THT was added to the starting lineup. It’s fairly uncertain what will happen once he returns. But what we do know is that his presence has certainly made the difference for the Lakers. Fans can only hope his impact stays for the other matches as well.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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