Lakers' Randle explains late-game skirmish with Nuggets' Jokic

Bad blood was brewing between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets once again Tuesday night.

Fresh off a Friday game where Lakers coach Luke Walton accused Nuggets guard Jamal Murray of excessive trash talking, the teams met again in Los Angeles.

Late in the game, a 112-103 Lakers win, L.A. forward Julius Randle and Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic were involved in a heated exchange.

On the play, the two are running down the court near each other, when Randle appears to shove Jokic to the ground toward the sideline.

Jokic then jumped up and confronted Randle before a referee quickly separated the two.

Afterward, Randle said he was responding to Jokic trying to hurt him.

"He was coming down flailing, flopping his arms and stuff. That's fine, that's this game. But when you hook my arm and try to pull my shoulder out of place, I don't like that," Randle said.

The hostilities will have to go on hold, however, as this was the last meeting between the teams this season.

--Field Level Media

03/14/2018 10:41

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