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Robin Lopez ejected in Sacramento after back-to-back T's, throws chair

SACRAMENTO -- Chicago center Robin Lopez was ejected after being called for his second technical foul in the second quarter of the Bulls' 104-98 loss to the Kings on Monday and had to be held back from a referee.

Lopez, who was upset about calls not in his favor, threw a chair down the hall by the visiting locker room -- to the crowd's delight.

After not getting a foul call on a shot attempt in the second quarter, the usually happy-go-lucky Lopez voiced his displeasure with referee Justin Van Duyne as he ran down the floor.

"I disagreed with the call. I told him, 'That's bad.' I'm not sure the reasoning behind the technical," Lopez said after the game. "But I suppose the officials are absolute. And who am I to attempt to discredit that?"

Shortly after, the 7-footer was called for a defensive foul with 4:21 remaining in the second quarter, and he continued to direct his ire at Van Duyne in a more animated manner. Van Duyne responded by issuing Lopez a technical foul without saying a word. After an irate Lopez had to be held back by two teammates, a stoic and silent referee Rodney Mott responded nearby with a game-ejecting second technical foul.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, associate head coach Jim Boylan, assistant coach Randy Brown and a team security official had to plead with an angry Lopez to depart from the court.

After Lopez reluctantly left the Golden 1 Center floor, he grabbed a chair in the tunnel leading toward the Bulls locker room and tossed it.

Robin Lopez reluctantly left the court after his first-half ejection. Then he grabbed a chair in the tunnel leading to the Bulls locker room and tossed it. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
When asked if the chair was OK, Lopez replied, "I think so. It's metal."

Lopez's incident was the latest in a continuing battle between NBA players and referees this season.

The injury-plagued Bulls' starting center finished with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, one rebound and three personal fouls in nearly 14 minutes.

Chicago was playing without Lauri Markkanen, who missed his third straight game due to the birth of his child. Markkanen was scheduled to join the Bulls in Sacramento, but his flight was cancelled due to weather in Chicago.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Author: Marc J. Spears, ESPN

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