Milwaukee Bucks stretch-five Brook Lopez and Sacramento Kings reserve big man Trey Lyles got into a heated altercation on Monday night.
The incident occurred with just 15.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Bucks superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was dribbling out the clock when Lyles reached in and fouled him with a hard shove. Lopez then came over to defend Antetokounmpo. Lyles responded by pushing Lopez in the face. The two then engaged in a wrestling match while holding each other by their necks.
After the altercation, Lopez was seen bleeding from his left eyebrow. Both Lopez and Lyles were later ejected from the remaining seconds of the game.
Brook Lopez finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and four 3-pointers on 64.3% shooting. Meanwhile, Trey Lyles finished with six points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two 3-pointers on 28.6% shooting.
Milwaukee came away with a 133-124 victory, led by Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo finished with 46 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two 3-pointers on 67.9% shooting.
The Bucks (49-19, first in the East) have won 20 of their last 22 games. Meanwhile, the Kings (40-27) have fallen to third in the Western Conference.
Kings coach Mike Brown on Brook Lopez-Trey Lyles altercation
Following the game, Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown spoke about the altercation between Brook Lopez and Trey Lyles. Brown explained that he wasn’t sure what sparked the altercation, but said he’s just glad to see his players sticking up for themselves:
“I don’t know what happened, but we ain’t taking no s**t from nobody. Trust me on that,” Brown said. “And they’re all going to have each other’s backs in there.”
Meanwhile, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer added that it was unfortunate to see a competitive game ruined by drama:
“It’s unfortunate. I think it was a great game,” Budenholzer said. “I was so impressed with Sacramento and the way they play. I’m not going to say anything about what did or didn’t happen.”