Nuggets’ Malone, Jokic tossed after confronting ref on court
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone and star Nikola Jokic have been ejected after Malone stepped onto the court during play to confront referee Rodney Mott about a no-call.
Mott also called a technical foul on Denver guard Jamal Murray moments later in the second quarter after another no-call in the Nuggets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Jokic and two Lakers defenders made contact while the big man grabbed a rebound and missed two close shots at the basket. While the teams headed upcourt, Malone took two big steps onto the court and blocked the path of Mott, who swiftly ejected him.
Jokic joined in the argument, and Mott ejected him at the same time.
The Lakers jumped to a 59-36 lead on Denver in the second quarter.