Suns' Devin Booker Ejected vs. Lakers After 2 Straight Technical Fouls

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIMarch 3, 2021

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) handles the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
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Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker was ejected early in the second half from a nationally televised contest against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Devin Booker gets ejected after bouncing the ball at a ref 👀 https://t.co/kEj0hoMRNz

With the Suns up 70-63—and the Lakers starting to go on a run—Booker was hit with back-to-back technicals during a dead ball after LeBron James drove in on him. Booker had been working on a solid performance to that point, posting 17 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes.

Replays showed Booker spike the ball after being assessed his first technical foul, leading to a second technical and an automatic ejection.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Things getting chippy between D-Book and KCP. https://t.co/I55n7sK3ZL

Kevin O'Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

That Devin Booker ejection is ridiculous. No one is tuning in for the referees. What a joke. The officiating is a major issue. Adam Silver needs to do something about it.

Phoenix continues to chase the Lakers for first place in the Pacific Division and entered Tuesday's game trailing by one game in the standings. Now the Suns will have to try to finish off the Lakers without their franchise player.