Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone and center Nikola Jokic were both ejected in the Nuggets game against the Detroit Pistons on Monday. In 15:13 minutes of action, Jokic had nine points, five rebounds and five assists.
Malone received two technical foul calls with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter. Media members covering the game suggested it stemmed from frustration with a call made against guard Julian Strawther. At that time, the Pistons were leading 22-21.
Almost a full quarter later, Jokic joined Malone in the locker room. The two-time MVP was irritated with the lack of calls he was receiving. With 1:22 left in the half and Denver leading 51-50, referees sent Jokic to an early shower for complaining after a no-call.
Nuggets fans were far from the only people angered by the situation, and announcers in Detroit reportedly had strong words for the sequence of events.
Denver entered the game after losing three of its last four games and was playing without guard Jamal Murray, who is nursing a strained hamstring.
The Pistons came into the contest on an 11-game losing and with the worst record in the NBA. The Nuggets head into the fourth quarter with a 81-79 lead.