Schroder & Irving Ejected as Lakers Topple Nets on the Road
Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Durant (7) and Blake Griffin (2) walk off the court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers

Kyrie Irving and Denis Schroder were both ejected as the Los Angeles Lakers won on the road without their star pair over the Brooklyn Nets 126-101 on Saturday.

Andre Drummond stepped up for the Los Angeles Lakers with 20 points and 11 rebounds, with the Californian side missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis through injury.

The Brooklyn Nets had their own injury issues with James Harden out and Kevin Durant is a few games back but on restricted minutes yet he top scored with 22 points.

But the Nets were hampered more than the Lakers by the ejection of Irving after an altercation between him and Schroder in the third.

“We were in the game, but I’m not going to blame it on the ejection for why the momentum switched,” Durant said. “They got it going, so we should have got it going.”

The result is a welcome boost for the Lakers who have been unconvincing without James lately and improve to 33-20.

“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. “I’m super proud of our group.”

Elsewhere, Joel Embiid scored 27 points as the Philadelphia 76ers won 117-93 over the Oklahoma City Thunder to move back ahead of the Nets in top of the East with a 36-17 record.

In the West, the leaders Utah Jazz eased past the Sacramento Kings 128-112 with [[Donovan Mitchell] scoring 42 points, while second-placed Phoenix Suns defeated the Washington Wizards 134-106 despite another Russell Westbrook triple-double.

Ben somerford
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