Dirty Lakers on LeBron’s call, NBA players lose their minds with hilarious tech fouls

Dirty Lakers on LeBron’s call, NBA players lose their minds with hilarious tech fouls

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid beat Denver’s two-time defending MVP Nikola Jokic and the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 125-121 in overtime as rivalries took center stage in NBA Saturday.

Embiid, who finished second to Jokic in voting for most valuable player honors the past two seasons, had 47 points to lead the 76ers to a 126-119 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

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Embiid also grabbed 18 rebounds to help the Sixers erase a 15-point halftime deficit on the way to a seventh straight win.

He drained a three-point drop over Jokic that pushed Philadelphia’s lead to 125-117 with 30.1 seconds left.

But an incident late in the third quarter caught the attention of eagle-eyed fans when Embiid 76ers teammate James Harden lost his lead on the bench.

Harden was sitting on the Philadelphia bench when Denver’s Bones Hyland had the ball in the corner.

Harden got up from his seat and ran down the field, apparently in an attempt to trick Hyland into thinking he was another defenseman and assign a three-point shot.

But Hyland opted to pass the ball – the only problem was Harden stood in his way and the pass hit him in the head, ending the game.

It was clearly an illegal move and Harden was given a technical foul, although he could see the funny side after the game, calling his error “miscommunication”.

But it was just one of two wild technical fouls committed in the NBA on Sunday.

The 76ers improved to 32-16, and they were two and a half games behind the league-leading Celtics after Boston rallied to beat the Lakers in a game that featured 19 lead changes.

The Lakes led by seven midway through the fourth quarter, but Jaylen Brown converted a three-point play to tie the game at 105-105 with 4.1 seconds left.

He then scored 11 points in the extra session after LeBron James’ drive to the basket at the end of regulation ended in failure, with James and the Lakers arguing for a foul call after Jayson Tatum appeared to brush off the arm.

The call didn’t come, and Boston prevailed despite a 41-point performance from James, who was visibly furious and slammed the field in anger at the umpires.

“The best player on Earth can’t get a call – it’s unbelievable,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said.

“I don’t understand,” James said, adding that he doesn’t think it’s the first time a no-call has proven costly for the Lakers this season.

Lakers star Anthony Davis was dirty, referees didn’t call a foul on LeBron.

“That’s bullshit,” Davis fumed.

“It’s unacceptable and I guarantee you nothing will happen to the referees. We were cheated tonight, honestly.

“Even though we try not to put it on the refereeing, it’s getting harder and harder,” Ham said.

“It’s a shame that the match ends with a game like this. You’re not asking for favoritism, you’re just asking for consistency. That’s it.”

Patrick Beverley was so annoyed that he pulled out a camera on the field, appearing to show referee Eric Lewis the missed call. and showed it to referee Eric Lewis,

Unsurprisingly, Beverley was quickly given a technical foul for her antics that had the NBA world laughing.

Every win is now crucial for the Lakers, who are tinkering with their roster in a bid to give an aging LeBron James the chance to challenge for a fifth championship.