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Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets when he blew up at referees in the third quarter.
It was Borrego’s first ejection as an NBA head coach.
Borrego’s outburst was in response to an out-of-bounds play in which the ball was awarded to the Nuggets. Borrego was called for back-to-back technical fouls, leaving the game less than three minutes into the second half.
The Hornets are chasing a spot in the NBA’s play-in tournament. Assistant coach Jay Triano, who was previously an NBA head coach in Toronto and Phoenix, took over for Borrego.
Those were the third and fourth technical fouls of the season for Borrego, who is in his third season coaching the Hornets.