Three players were ejected after a skirmish broke out in the third quarter of a game between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers.
It started after a made basket by Wesley Matthews, when Andrew Bogut and Blazers center Joel Freeland got tangled up in the paint. Freeland had a grasp of Bogut’s arm, and the Aussie forcibly separated himself from Freeland. Everything seemed to be settling down until Mo Williams approached Bogut, and LaMarcus Aldridge gave a shove to the Warriors’ center.
Then, the fracas began as it spilled over to the area near the Warriors’ bench. Draymond Green and Bogut went after Williams and Aldridge as the referees and coaches from both teams tried to calm things down. Matthews also jumped into the melee. There was a whole lot of pushing and shoving, but no punches were thrown.
After everyone was separated, the referees went the monitor and ejected Matthews, Williams, and Green from the game. Bogut and Aldridge were assessed technical fouls.
The end result? The Warriors were the beneficiaries, as Stephen Curry drilled two technical free throws and Golden State got the ball out of bounds.
However, the Blazers would get the last laugh, as they pulled out a 113-101 win in Oakland.