Ime Udoka Tossed Out For Jawing With LeBron James as Lakers Bulldoze Rockets

Published 12/03/2023, 12:57 AM EST

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As the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets, LeBron James turned back the clock throughout the game, pulling off one move after another. The Rockets had no chance for any kind of comeback, especially with their head coach absent from the sidelines after an incident involving LeBron James.

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LeBron James and Rockets’ head coach Ime Udoka had a few words exchanged during the game. The officials immediately called technical fouls on both, leading Udoka to be tossed out of the game.

Jawing with LeBron James leads to ejection

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The Los Angeles Lakers were led by Anthony Davis and his point production. However, LeBron James pulling off some insane moves here and there kept the entire Lakers’ roster energetic throughout the game.

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While James’ production is always a huge plus for his team, the same cannot be said for the opposing Rockets. During the final quarter, LeBron James and Houston Rockets head coach Ime Udoka were seen jawing at one another.

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One thing led to another and an official ended up intervening, handing out technicals to both James and Udoka. While LBJ stayed in the game, Udoka was unfortunately tossed out and had to head to the locker room.

Despite a good overall performance from the Rockets’ starting lineup, Houston wasn’t able to get over the hump and eventually lost to the Lakers. This game will be the Rockets’ third straight loss as the team was hoping to get back on the winning side of things.

As for the Lakers, after being blown out by the Thunder in a 23-point loss, this victory surely will get their hopes back up and give them some momentum for their next match.

Not enough fuel for the Rockets

The Houston Rockets had their entire starting lineup score in double-digits. However, no single player’s point production stood out, which would’ve rallied the Rockets past the Los Angeles Lakers. And the ejection of their head coach only went to make things worse.

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Fred VanVleet led the way with 22 points, followed by Alperen Sengun’s 21-point outing. On the other hand, the Lakers were easily able to rally behind Anthony Davis and his 27-point game, along with 14 rebounds.

Even though LeBron James only scored 16 points, he had 7 assists, finding his open teammates throughout the game. And not to forget some of his displays of athleticism, which kept the team’s morale high.

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Another bright spot for the Lakers was Austin Reaves’ 18-point performance while coming off the bench. Now that the Lakers have some momentum under them, let’s see if they can take down a loaded Suns team in their upcoming matchup.

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