The 7-footer stormed back toward Van Duyne and had to be held back by teammates after being called for a second technical. The Kings, who are in their own rebuild and, in some ways, race for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, finished strong in a 104-98 victory on Monday night.
Lopez got the first technical foul for - according to him - voicing his disagreements in a very calm way.
Not only was Lopez thrown out of the game after back-to-back technical fouls in the second quarter, had to be led off the court by Bulls coaches, but the team squandered a 16-point lead the rest of the way. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg reflected on this after the game to ESPN, saying how their opponents ramped up the pressure in the second half. "I'm not sure the reason behind the technical, but I suppose the officials are absolute and who am I to discredit that?"
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On his way to the Bulls locker room, Lopez grabbed a chair and angrily tossed it. Lopez said. "I was a little bit surprised, in my mind, such a subdued response".
The injury-plagued Bulls' starting center finished with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, one rebound and three personal fouls in almost 14 minutes.
Chicago was already playing without Lauri Markkanen, who missed his third straight game due to the birth of his child, and Kris Dunn.