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Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Johnson ejected in Mavs' loss at Staples

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being hit with two technical fouls early in the third quarter.

Steve Javie called technicals on Johnson and Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki with 10:16 left in the period after Nowitzki was inadvertanly struck in the face by Kobe Bryant but was called for a foul.

Johnson picked up his second technical 2½ minutes later, leaving with the Mavericks trailing 68-50. Bryant had 41 points at that stage -- five shy of his season high.