The Los Angeles Lakers delivered one of their best performances of the season on Saturday night to stun the heavily favored Brooklyn Nets on the road 126-101. The Lakers were without their top two stars -- LeBron James and Anthony Davis -- but still managed to beat one of the best teams in the NBA on the road.
"Like I said all along, all season long, when we play scrappy on the defensive end, we always have a chance," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after L.A. held Brooklyn to 43.5% shooting and its lowest point total in eight games.
"I'm super proud of our group." Center Andre Drummond, who just recently jpined the Lakers, had 20 points and 11 rebounds. "I learned a lot from today's game: that we have a lot of guys in this locker room that are very tough," Drummond said.
"Despite who is on the other side of the court, they're going to come out and play. No matter how many minutes guys play, they're going to play to the best of their ability. And we have fun doing it. We had a lot of fun tonight playing and getting this win."
Lakers' Dennis Schroder and Nets' Kyrie Irving were ejected
Early in the third quarter, Schroder and Irving exchanged words and referee Zach Zarba separated the two and issued them technical fouls. "I think it was unnecessary," Schroder said after the game.
"It's just unfortunate that I left my team out there by themselves. And I mean, I didn't really -- I don't even know what I did. But I got kicked out, and I apologized for that to my teammates." Rederee Zarba explained his decision as he said: "After being assessed the first technical fouls, both players were warned against to move on.
And so when Irving couldn't stop yelling at Schroder, he was then assessed his second technical foul and ejected. And after Irving's ejection, if you look at the video, Schroder kind of waves goodbye to him in a taunting manner, and that's why he was issued a second technical foul and ejected."
Meanwhile, Nets' Kevin Durant didn't want to blame the Irving ejection for the loss. "We were in the game, but I'm not going to blame it on the ejection for why the momentum switched," said Durant, who scored 22 points in 24 minutes but also had eight turnovers. "They got it going, so we should have got it going."