DETROIT (AP) — Nikola Jokic and Nuggets coach Mike Malone were ejected during the first half of Denver’s 107-103 victory at Detroit on Monday night.
Jokic received his first technical for challenging a call in the first quarter. Malone was ejected for going onto the field to challenge a call late in the period. Jokic was ejected after arguing another call with 1:22 left in the first half.
“I think Nikola was worried about my well-being,” Malone joked. “It’s hard to watch a game on TV – we were hugging on the good plays and I was swearing in Serbian on the bad ones.”
Jokic had nine points, five rebounds and five assists in 15:13 minutes before being ejected.
The Nuggets (10-4), deprived of injured Jamal Murray, ended a two-game slide. The Pistons (2-12) come out of the match with their 12th consecutive defeat.