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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder spoke to reporters after his wrestling match, excuse me, basketball game, against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, giving insight into the altercation that saw OG Anunoby and Montrezl Harrell being expelled.
After Schroder fouled him in the first quarter, Anunoby picked him up and dropped him to the ground. Harrell was sent off in the middle of the fight that followed.
Schroder saying he saw Anunoby’s reaction as “unnecessary” and said the Raptors star didn’t “need to go to WWE” with him.
He also said that he told Harrell in the locker room that he appreciated him.
The Lakers posted a 110-101 victory over the Raptors, with seven players scoring at least 10 points. Schroder had 12 points and nine assists in 27 minutes.
The ejection was a severe blow to the Raptors, who were already playing without Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet due to foot and hip injuries. With Anunoby ejected after 10 minutes on the hardwood, that left Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. to lead the team against the defending champions.
Siakam finished the night with 27 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 68-42 deficit at halftime or claim the victory.