It started as what appeared to be a routine play with 36 seconds left in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 107-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon tried to block a shot by Lakers guard Nick Young as he attempted a layup. Brogdon swiped the side of Young’s head in the process and then tensions spiraled.
Young flew at Brogdon and shoved him. Then Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe took his own shot at Young’s neck, and Young’s teammates rose to his defense.
As these things tend to do, the incident energized the Lakers and their crowd. After two games in which Lakers Coach Luke Walton grew frustrated with the team’s effort, they stayed close until the end...