Alex Len and Nick Young ejected as Phoenix Suns beat Los Angeles Lakers

Jan 16, 2014, 6:13 AM | Updated: 8:53 pm

Phoenix Suns center Alex Len and Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young were ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game at U.S. Airways Center.

At the 7:33 mark of the quarter, Len fouled Young across the face as he attempted a dunk. Young then went after Len and landed a punch on Suns guard Goran Dragic — an automatic ejection. Len was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul on the play, also an automatic ejection.

“It was a hard foul,” Young said. “I just reacted, got caught up in the moment like anybody would have. It was a tough foul. What I’m mad about is it was just one on five, I felt like.”

Young, who said he felt bad over what happened between he and Dragic on the play, was upset over the fact that his teammates didn’t join in the fray and stick up for him.

“But it is what it is. It’s basketball and that’s what happens.”

Over with the Suns, though, there was no shortage of players sticking up for their teammates.

“I hate that happened to the rookie Len, I don’t think that was intentional,” Gerald Green said after the game. “Hope the NBA doesn’t do anything, but if it does I’ll take care of it.”

Suns forward Marcus Morris earned a technical foul on the play. Len scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in four minutes. Young scored nine points to go along with three rebounds and an assist before his ejection.

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 Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks (20) dunks as he gets past Phoenix Suns' Gerald Green, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill, middle, loses the ball as Phoenix Suns' P.J. Tucker, left, tips it away while Suns' Channing Frye (8) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Phoenix Suns' Alex Len, left, of Ukraine, knocks Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young (0) to the ground for a flagrant foul as Young attempted a layup during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. Both players were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young, second from right, gets into a scuffle with Phoenix Suns' Marcus Morris, left, and other Suns players, as Suns' Markieff Morris (11) and Lakers' Ryan Kelly, second from left, arrive for the fracas during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. Young and Suns' Alex Len were both ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young, right, has words with Phoenix Suns' Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris, rear, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. Young was ejected from the game along with Suns' Alex Len. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, left, gets an explanation from referee Tom Washington after a scuffle resulted in the ejections of Suns' Alex Len and Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young picks up a towel on the team bench after getting into a scuffle with Phoenix Suns players during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. Young was ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young, left, is escorted from the court by security after being ejected following a scuffle with the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. Suns' Alex Len was ejected from the game for a flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee (22) hangs from the rim after dunking as Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee (22) hangs from the rim after dunking as Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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