Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard squabble as Lakers fall to Suns

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers opened a host of battlefronts on Friday night: with referees, with fans and among themselves.

The game’s chippiest moment came between teammates, as Anthony Davis pointed a finger in the chest of Dwight Howard and shoved him down into his chair during the second quarter. They had to be separated by others on the bench. The hostilities were sharp, but brief.

Said Howard: “We squashed it right then and there.”

Said Davis: “It’s over with.”

Meanwhile, the only battle that mattered sailed further away from them: the game against the Phoenix Suns. The team that eliminated the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs last season brushed them off again, handing them an eyesore of a 115-105 defeat at Staples Center that dropped their record to 0-2. They trailed by as much as 32 points in the third quarter.

After this one, it looks like there are more than just on-court issues to fix. On a night when the team drew 26 fouls, including three technicals, and got into scuffles outside the lines, Coach Frank Vogel acknowledged the Lakers’ emotions spilled over.

“It says we want to be 2-0 and we’re not,” he said. “That’s all it says.”

The Big Three’s chemistry didn’t exactly progress from Tuesday’s season-opening loss to the Golden State Warriors. While Russell Westbrook looked more lively, scoring 15 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists, LeBron James and Anthony Davis…

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