Klay Thompson received his first career ejection during a fiery and chaotic clash with the Suns.
Plus Luka Doncic was at his absolute best to enter the history books.
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Wed, 26 Oct
Wednesday October 26th
KLAY THOMPSON EJECTED IN HEATED CLASH
Klay Thompson was ejected from the Golden State’ Warriors clash with the Phoenix Suns midway through the second third quarter after clashing with Devin Booker in a heated showdown between the contenders.
Thompson and Booker didn’t stop going at it during the third quarter with endless trash talk. It culminated in both players continuing to mouth off to each other during a timeout resulting in double technicals as a scuffle broke out between both teams.
Soon after Thompson pushed Mikal Bridges and then kept talking as he had to be restrained by officials before copping another technical and subsequently getting tossed from the contest.
It marked the first time in Thompson’s career he’s been ejected amid a fiery term where seven technicals were given out in total – tying the most in an NBA quarter since the 1996-1997 season.
The Suns blew out their lead to 16 points late in the second term behind a game-high 24 points from Booker, while DeAndre Ayton (14 points, 12 rebounds), Bridges (17 points) and Chris Paul (13 points, seven assists).
Aussie Jock Landale was also active, tallying seven points, three rebounds and two blocks including a highlight swat in the third term.
“Landale was fantastic in that first half,” former NBA sharpshooter Reggie Miller said on TNT.
Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins’ 16 points lead the Warriors.
LUKE EXPLODES TO JOIN HISTORY BOOKS
Luka Doncic scored 37 points, but it was not enough to stop the Dallas Mavericks from slipping to defeat against the depleted New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday (all times AEDT).
Slovenian star Doncic dragged the Mavs to within one point of the Pels with four seconds remaining after a driving lay-up made it 112-111.
The 23-year-old was left shaking his head in disappointment after a three-point effort on the buzzer that would have snatched victory bounced off the rim to hand New Orleans a 113-111 win.
Doncic finished with 11 rebounds and seven assists in addition to his 37-point haul, with Spencer Dinwiddie providing support with 24 points and Christian Wood 23 points.
But Dallas were ultimately pipped by a balanced New Orleans line-up that saw eight players finish in double figures.
The victory was made all the more impressive given injuries that deprived New Orleans of regular starters Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.
Trey Murphy III scored 22 points – making 8-of-8 from the field – while C.J. McCollum made 14 points with 11 assists.
Aussie Dyson Daniels impressed in first real NBA opportunity, racking up 11 points, three rebounds two steals and one block in 22 minutes.
McCollum later admitted he could barely watch as Doncic launched his last-gasp three-point attempt on the buzzer.
“When he shot it I just thought ‘Please don’t go in, please don’t go in’,” McCollum told an on-court interviewer.
“I didn’t shoot the ball well but a lot of young guys stepped up tonight and that’s what we’re going to need all season long.
“We’re a solid team. Guys work hard, get in early and stay late and they relish these kind of opportunities to come out and put on a show.”
The Pelicans improved to 3-1 with a win to move into second in the Western Conference behind leaders Portland. Dallas fell to 1-2 with the loss.
THUNDER GET FIRST WIN BEHIND MONSTER SGA SHOWING
The shorthanded OKC Thunder beat the fellow shorthanded LA Clippers 108-94 at home for their first win of the season.
Playing without the injured Josh Giddey, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took over in the Thunder backcourt in an enormous showing, posting 33 points on 9-of-9 shooting from the free throw line to go with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three blocks.
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Tre Mann also impressed with 25 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Clippers were missing star duo Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and struggled badly, with Luke Kennard top scoring with 15 points, while Ivica Zubac added 10 points, 14 rebounds and an astounding seven blocks.
The Washington Wizards took their season record to 3-1 with a 120-99 romp against the Detroit Pistons at home.
Kyle Kuzma led the Washington scorers with 25 points with Kristaps Porzingis adding 20. Will Barton added 16 from the bench, including four three-pointers.
PISTONS 99 WIZARDS 120
MAVERICKS 111 PELICANS 113
CLIPPERS 94 THUNDER 108