milwaukee dollars Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo was sent off late in Thursday night’s blowout loss to the Boston Celtics after headbutting Blake Griffin that sparked a heated scrum between the sides with just minutes left in the game.
Antetokounmpo, who is the older brother of two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, he was called for a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game with just under 1:30 remaining in the game, while Griffin was awarded a Flagrant 1.
The incident occurred after Antetokounmpo was fouled heavily by Griffin while under the net.
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Clearly unhappy with the play, and likely with the score at the time which had the Celtics leading 136-92, Antetokounmpo stepped up to Griffin’s face and headbutted him.
On-court players from both teams rushed to the scene, but the officials and coaching staff quickly separated the two, and Antetokounmpo was ultimately ejected from the game.
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The incident did not appear to unnerve Griffin, who was seen laughing when Jaylen Brown offered him her protective mask.
Celts, who sit just behind the Bucks in the Eastern Conference, crushed Milwaukee 140-99. Jayson Tatum scored 40 points while Brown added 30.
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«It does matter,» Brown said of the prospect of winning the No. 1 seed. «We want to finish the season strong and see what happens.»
The Celtics have the tiebreaker if both teams finish with the same record.
Associated Press contributed to this report.