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Lakers’ Luke Walton Ejected for First Time as Coach

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(Luke) Walton earned his first ejection as Lakers head coach with 4:14 left in the first quarter of Monday’s game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Walton was upset by Kings center DeMarcus Cousins knocking Julius Randle to the ground without the whistle blowing. On the next possession, Randle was called for a foul after playing physical with Cousins.

Walton stormed to midcourt and shouted several expletives toward officials, a gesture that quickly sparked two technical fouls. Lakers third-year guard Jordan Clarkson and rookie forward Brandon Ingram restrained Walton from crossing past midcourt.

Source: Mark Medina of The Orange County Register

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Magic Forward Aaron Gordon Misses Game With Concussion

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Orlando leading scorer Aaron Gordon missed Saturday’s 117-110 loss to the Hawks because of a concussion, further draining the short-handed Magic.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon, averaging 18.5 points per game, was injured Friday as the Magic lost to Denver. Mario Hezonja started in Gordon’s spot Saturday night.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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76ers’ Robert Covington Injured After Diving into stands

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington was helped off the court by two teammates after crashing into the stands alongside the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday night.

Covington was diving to save a loose ball.

Source: ESPN

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Pacers End Cavs 13-Game Winning Streak

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With the Cavaliers’ franchise-record-tying 13-game winning streak ending with a 106-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, the biggest disappointment in Cleveland’s postgame locker room stemmed from news that weather issues would delay the team flight home, not the defeat.

If anything, the loss provided Cleveland a chance to reflect on the team it has become in the last 3 ½ weeks, going from a 5-7 record to holding the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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