The Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Brooklyn Nets after a double ejection including Nets superstar Kyrie Irving for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile Joe Ingles caught fire off the bench as the Utah Jazz won their 24th-straight at home, and Enes Kanter smashed franchise records with a monster night.
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Andre Drummond finished with a double double of 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers won 126-101 in a battle between two teams lacking much of their star power.
The Lakers entered the game missing their two best players, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but they overcame that with energetic play, strong perimeter shooting and a lockdown defence.
Without James and Davis, the Lakers had been one of the NBAs lowest-scoring teams over the past couple of weeks. James was missing his 11th game in a row and Davis has been sidelined for the past 25.
The Nets were without injured all-star James Harden and then lost guard Kyrie Irving, who had scored 18 points, when he was ejected for the first time in his career in the second half.
Kevin Durant was forced to carry the load for the Nets. In his second game back from a hamstring injury, Durant tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in front of a pandemic-limited crowd of 1,700 at Barclays Center.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 points for the Nets, who have won eight of their last 11 games.
Irving and the Lakers Dennis Schroder, who finished with 19 points, were both thrown out of the game early in the third-quarter for jawing too long after a foul was called on the Nets player.
Today we were out here competing, making shots and, yeah, thats the best win of the year I would say, Schroder said.
Kyrie Irving was booted from the game in the third.Source: Getty Images
Ben McLemore had 17 points for the Lakers, who held the Nets to 43.8 shooting from the floor. Markieff Morris added 14 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 14 points and five assists.
The Lakers jumped out an 18-7 lead on 54 per cent shooting from the floor in the first quarter but were leading by just four when Irving was tossed.
I thought they were the aggressor, they were more physical, they hit first and we didnt match their physicality and competitive fire, and thats what you get, Nets coach Steve Nash said. A team missing a bunch of guys and guys get an opportunity and their eyes light up and they come out and play harder than us, play more physical than us.
And its a great lesson for us.
Elsewhere, Donovan Mitchell scored 42 points and the Utah Jazz won their 24th consecutive game at home with a 128-112 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Mike Conley delivered 26 points and Joe Ingles came off the bench to score 20 on 5-of-10 from deep to help the Jazz overcome a double-digit deficit en route to a one-sided win over the Kings in Salt Lake City. Conley also had five threes.
The Jazz became the first team to reach 40 wins on the season and posted their 11th win in 13 games.
They were sparked by Joe Ingles trash-talking the Kings bench throughout the game.
Somebody said something to Joe and Joe gave an answer that I hadnt heard in a while, Donovan Mitchell said post-game. That fired me up. When Joe gets angry, I get angry. You saw it when he was coming down and cashing in. Thats really what turned the tide for me personally.
Its actually funny, Ingles said. I never go into a game thinking of talking to anyone, but I probably get in more conversations than anyone else on our team.
Its just little things, honestly. Deep down inside, I think its really funny. Its more of a funny, comedy thing to me. But obviously, it lights something up in me. It makes the game fun.
Portland Trail Blazers centre Enes Kanter bagged a franchise record 30 rebounds and led his side to a 118-103 win over the struggling Detroit Pistons.
Kanter was only starting due to Jusuf Nurkic suffering a knee injury, but he cashed in with 24 points, 2 assists and 2 blocks in the blowout win.
The previous franchise record was 27 boards, but Turkish star Kanter was utterly dominant as he beat that by three and recorded the most of any NBA player this season.

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