Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard said the issue that led to a sideline altercation with teammate Anthony Davis during Friday night's loss to the Phoenix Suns was quickly "squashed."

Howard and Davis got in to a verbal confrontation on the sideline that briefly turned physical before other Lakers jumped in to separate the pair during a timeout.

Both Davis and head coach Frank Vogel downplayed the issue, too.

"When you're getting your ass kicked, sometimes those conversations get heated," Vogel told reporters. "Those guys love each other. They talked it out. And that's going to happen from time to time. I'd rather our guys care than not care."