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Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic, Mike Malone ejected from Lakers game
From NBA media reports
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and coach Mike Malone were ejected with 6:20 remaining in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Malone was irate over the lack of a foul call following a pair of contested, interior shot attempts from Jokic, who was also incensed after the sequence. After the Lakers secured the rebound, Malone stormed onto the court directly into the path of an official, who wasted no time ejecting him. Jokic was also ejected for angrily approaching the official and voicing his opinion on the play.
At the time of the ejections, the Nuggets (9-6) were trailing the Lakers (6-10), 52-32. Jokic entered the game averaging 16.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest.
Malone acknowledged he “deserved” his ejection, but believes Jokic “did nothing to warrant” him following his coach into the locker room. Malone deadpanned they spent the second half watching the American Music Awards, which were taking place at the Microsoft Theater across the street. Jokic apologized for his behavior after the game, expressing regret that he “left my teammates, my players, alone there.”