Malone ejected, held back by Jokic in Nuggets’ loss to Sixers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Things boiled over for Michael Malone on Thursday night.
Someone check on Mike Malone?
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 19, 2021
Malone had to be held back by reigning MVP Nikola Jokic, who was notoriously ejected from a game on Nov. 8 for retaliating against Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris. The head coach picked up two technical fouls and was swiftly booted.
Michael Malone on Nikola Jokic leaving the floor with four minutes left in the 4th, he jokes: “He was worried about me. He came back to check on me, make sure I was alright.”
On if it was injury-related: “As far as I know there’s nothing wrong with Nikola.”
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) November 19, 2021
The Nuggets trailed the Sixers by six points at halftime and nine points at the time of Malone’s ejection. Things quickly spiraled for Denver following the ejection, as Philadelphia ended the quarter on a 17-8 run and took an 18-point lead into the final quarter.
Led by Tyrese Maxey’s 22 points, the Sixers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 103-89 victory at Ball Arena.
Now, Malone and the Nuggets’ attention turns to the Chicago Bulls, who head to Denver to finish out a five-game West Coast trip. The Nuggets have dominated the Bulls in recent years, winning nine straight matchups dating back to 2015.