Heat guard Josh Richardson ejected for throwing shoe into crowd

Miami guard Josh Richardson was ejected from the Heat’s 113-97 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Though it wasn’t a battle with another player that forced the ejection — it was a battle with his own shoe.

Midway through the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Richardson lost his shoe attempting to throw down a dunk. Richardson missed and thought he was fouled on the play, but didn’t get the call.

With one shoe on, Richardson picked up a personal foul while guarding LeBron James on the very next possession. He then walked to the sideline, attempting to untie his shoe and put it back on. When he couldn’t get the laces untied, his frustration from the previous two drives boiled over.

Richardson tossed the shoe over his head into the crowd behind the bench. Quickly, he was assessed a technical foul and ejected from the game.

Richardson left the game with 17 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes. So far this season, the 25-year-old is averaging 20.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Richardson’s odd ejection, though, wasn’t the biggest story of the night out of Miami. James erupted for a season-high 51 points in the Lakers’ win after shooting 19-of-31 from the field, marking the 12th 50-point game of his career.

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Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson runs down the court as he looses his shoe during the second half of an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Nov 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) tosses his shoe after driving to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson is ejected from the game for throwing his shoe into the crowd during the second half of an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson walks into the locker room after being ejected from the game in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
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