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DETROIT — Nikola Jokic and Nuggets coach Michael 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. The two-time MVP was taken out after making another call with 1:22 left in the first half.
“I think Nikola was worried about my well-being,” Malone later 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) led 56-55 at halftime. The Pistons (2-13) entered the game with an 11-game losing streak.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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