WATCH: Nikola Jokic Steps in to Stop Ugly Fight Between Nuggets Coach and NBA Referee in Bizzare Scenes

Published 11/19/2021, 12:12 AM EST
Nov 18, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone (right) is held back by center Nikola Jokic (15) after being ejected in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets’ matchup was an intense one. Although the Nuggets were the favorites to win this game, the 76ers triumphed, finally putting an end to their five-game losing streak. However, the theme of the seasons seems to be on-court fights and this wasn’t the first rodeo for the Nuggets. But surprisingly, it wasn’t the players who were fighting, it was Denver’s coach and the referee which had to be put to a stop as Nikola Jokic stepped in to calm the situation down.

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Nikola Jokic, reigning MVP, was recently suspended for one whole game after he intentionally pushed Markieff Morris while playing the Miami Heat. This lead to a major fight breaking out in which Jimmy Butler became verbally aggressive against Jokic, who was benched by this time.

Since then, fans have been witness to many on-court fights, as if a trend has been picked up. But what happened during the Philadelphia 76ers vs Nuggets match was something we hadn’t witnessed before. It was the head coach of the Nuggets who got into a verbal fight with the referee, for which Jokic had to step in to put an end to it.

With less than six minutes left in the third quarter, Michael Malone got quite upset when Seth Curry fouled one of the Nuggets’ players under the rim. When there was no call, Malone rushed onto the floor and had to be pulled back by Nikola to keep it from going too far. Unfortunately, Michael was eventually ejected and was seen walking to the locker room afterward.

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The Denver Nuggets suffer another loss

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Nov 18, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) shoots the ball against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and forward Aaron Gordon (50) in the third quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jokic is once again, one of the top few contenders for the MVP race so far. However, his team might hold him back a little considering they are unable to get consistent wins.

During the first half against Philly, the Denver Nuggets were keeping it close. By halftime, they were only behind 6 points but by the second half, they fell apart and it was game over at 103-89. Malone was clearly very upset even before he was ejected and they were far too late in rallying back.

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The Nuggets now have a 9-6 record and have lost two games in a row. However, the road from here doesn’t get any easier. They will be playing against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference next. And unless they get their act together, they are likely to meet the same fate as they did tonight.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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