Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley and Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler were ejected after being involved in a shoving match midway through the 4th quarter.
This occurred with 7:01 remaining in the game. Bradley shoved Butler, and Butler reciprocated.
Players and referees were quick to step in and separate the players.
Butler and Bradley were both assessed technical fouls and ejected.
“A lot of contact,” Butler said. “The game was getting so chippy anyway. Then it happened. It happened so fast, I don’t even know what really happened. We got into a little scuffle, and before you know it, some techs and then we’re both out of there.
“I don’t think anybody should’ve gotten ejected, just maybe some techs. But looking back on it now, we still got the win.”
“Just two passionate guys, emotional guys making a play for a ball,” Beverley said.
The two players confronted each other, but officials and teammates intervened before the altercation could escalate. Embiid and Beverley were assessed offsetting technical fouls.
“I love that guy,” Embiid said of Beverley. “He’s like Westbrook — plays hard. That’s how the game should be played.
“I love playing against guys like that who fight. You know they’re going to be aggressive, you know they’re going to be physical. I love the physicality of this. It’s all fun to me.”
The Sixers won 119-113.