On-court feuds in the NBA are becoming rare, unlike in the NBA in the 1990s when the games used to be much more physical than they are now. But some stars still get salty with other players for their little gestures and comments outside the court and then seek revenge in their on-court faceoff. One such recent faceoff is going on between Patrick Beverly and Austin Reaves with the latest episode that came in the Lakers vs. Sixers game.
Austin Reaves and Patrick Beverley brawled near the end of the third quarter as the Sixers maintained a 21-point advantage. Austin Reaves was double-teamed by Robert Covington and Patrick Beverly close to the baseline. Reaves appeared to be bumped out of bounds by Covington, but there was no foul called by the refs.
Austin Reaves and Pat Bev getting chippy 👀 pic.twitter.com/rlEOySC48Z
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 28, 2023
Patrick Beverly ran into Austin Reaves just as he was turning to go in the opposite direction. The two guards were in each other’s faces before anyone blinked an eye. Pat Bev lifted his arms as a signal that he wasn’t the one getting heated, without even once looking Reaves in the eye.
Austin Reaves trolled Patrick Beverly with the ‘too little’ gesture last season
Beverley turned to X to defend his conduct, reminding everyone that Reaves had insulted him last season with the “too little” gesture. “He hit me with the 2 little last year,” said Bev. It all started when the Lakers dealt former Laker Patrick Beverley before the trade deadline in the previous campaign.
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) November 28, 2023
In his first game back against the Lakers, Beverley made a gesture indicating that LeBron James was “too small” or “too little” to guard him. Reaves took Beverley’s critique seriously and made the same gesture toward him during the Los Angeles game against Chicago in the fourth quarter, showing Bev what “too little” actually looked like.
The Philadelphia 76ers handed a big defeat to the LA Lakers with 44 points
Patrick Beverley was outstanding from both ends of the court. Even though Austin Reaves wasn’t his defensive opponent for the whole game, Beverley stopped the 6’5″ star from making a significant impact. Reaves finished with 12 points on 40% FG and 25% 3FG. On the other hand, Beverley was effective, registering 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 50% 3FG on 44% of his shots.
The Sixers defeated the Lakers 138-94 thanks to 22 3-pointers made, 12 of which came in the first half. Against the Lakers, Joel Embiid, the reigning MVP, recorded his first triple-double of the year.
In the rout, he finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Tyrese Maxey scored 31 more points to help Philly win. LeBron James, the star player for the Lakers, scored eighteen points. For Los Angeles, Anthony Davis scored 17 points.