Kyrie Irving, a 10-year veteran, and Dennis Schroder, an eight-year veteran, entered Saturday’s primetime showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets after having each played more than 500 career games without an ejection. .
That changed for both of them in the third quarter.
The base pair exchanged words after Irving was called for a personal foul on Schroder with 9 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter and the Lakers ahead 66-62, prompting referee Zach Zarba to separate the two and issue a technical double foul. – one for each player.
Irving and Schroder continued to argue after their teammates stepped in to get between them when Irving was called for a second technical foul by referee Tyler Ford, resulting in an automatic ejection. Schroder received a second technical foul of his own shortly after.
The expulsions spoiled the strong performances of both players. Schroder finished with 19 points (shooting 7 of 11) and four assists, while Irving had 18 points (6 of 11) and four rebounds.
The Lakers beat the Nets, 126-101.