Los Angeles Lakers' Jared Dudley was ejected from the Lakers vs Magic game on Wednesday night (Thursday morning IST) after a scuffle with the Magic players. Dudley came to Dwight Howard's defence with 7:06 minutes remaining on the clock. Jonathon Isaac fouled Howard below the basket, after which Dudley got into a skirmish with several Magic players. In a post-match interview after the match, Dudley stated that everyone needs to stand up for their people, even if sometimes it results in a hard foul. He was also already frustrated with fouls not being called both ways. Howard also admitted that he played a part in instigating the Magic players. Jared Dudley scored 9 points for the Lakers.
Things got a little heated between the Lakers and Magic 😳 pic.twitter.com/aRcrIyT30R— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 12, 2019
Lakers and Magic exchanging words 👀— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 12, 2019
Dudley wanted all the smoke 😂 pic.twitter.com/1wHRN2oZJO
The Lakers had a massive 26-9 lead after Q1, which they extended to a 51-38 by the end of Q2. The Magic were trailing by 24 points in Q2 but managed to come back and tie the score at 71 in Q4 with a three-pointer by Michael Carter-Williams. The Lakers scored the next few points, James assisting on all three of them. Alex Caruso and Jared Dudley scored a three-pointer each. James finished the LA Lakers' 10-0 run with a layup, giving them an 81-71 advantage over the Magic. Issac scored 10 points for the Magic after that, reducing the score difference to 88-83. James took a short rest, after which he returned and shot his only three for the game. The Lakers then had a 94-83 lead. The Lakers limited the Magic to a 19% shooting in Q1, Magic's lowest this NBA season.