Irving, Schroder both earn first career ejection

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Kyrie Irving, a 10-year veteran, and Dennis Schroder, an eight-year vet, came into Saturday’s primetime matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets having each played more than 500 career games without an ejection.

That changed for both of them in the third quarter.

The pair of point guards 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 double technical foul — one to each player.

Irving and Schroder continued to jaw at each other after teammates intervened to step between them when Irving was called for a second technical foul by referee Tyler Ford, resulting in an automatic ejection. Schroder was issued a second technical foul of his own shortly thereafter.

The ejections marred strong performances from both players. Schroder finished with 19 points (on 7-for-11 shooting) and four assists, while Irving put up 18 points (6-for-11) and four rebounds.

The Lakers went on to beat the Nets, 126-101.

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