LeBron James left NBA referee Scott Foster bloodied after an on-court collision during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 119-108 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. The incident occurred on a fast break during the second quarter. Jamal Murray had just made a short jumper and LeBron was rushing down the court to get ahead of the defense.
“You’ve been wanting to do that for 25 years,” Foster joked to James afterward. James apologized while Austin Reaves joked that Foster should’ve given him a technical foul.
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Scott Foster During Game 3
Leading their team to the victory, Jamal Murray dropped 37 points while Nikola Jokic added 24 points and eight assists. The team made a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to secure the victory and get one step closer to the NBA Finals.
With the loss, LeBron James and the Lakers are now down 3-0 in the series to the Nuggets. Despite the deficit, Lakers coach Darvin Ham says that their path to the Finals is “difficult, but not impossible.” “They’ve been at the top of the food chain for a reason, and have a plethora of guys that can hurt you, as was on full display tonight,” Ham said after the game. “But you know, circumstances are what they are.”
Scott Foster Jokes About The Incident
Austin Reaves says that being in a tough spot is nothing new for this Lakers team. “Our backs have been against the wall [for] probably about the last two months, maybe more than that since the trade deadline,” Reaves said. “Swinging, throwing punches to fight to get to this opportunity. … We can either come out Monday and go home, or we can fight for another day. And with the group of guys that we’ve got, I know what that answer will be.” The Lakers will look to get their first win of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night in Los Angeles.
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