Warriors center Festus Ezeli and Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough were ejected for fighting during Golden State's 113-89 blowout victory in Toronto on Friday. The NBA suspended Ezeli one game for his role in the scuffle. Ezeli will sit out the Warriors' game in Boston on Sunday.
An ugly game took a violent turn after Shaun Livingston made a short jumper to give Golden State a 98-57 lead with just seconds left in the third quarter. Ezeli and Hansbrough initially became entangled as they battled for position in the paint, and Ezeli made a point to confront Hansbrough as Toronto prepared to inbound the ball.
Replays showed Ezeli push Hansbrough's neck and face with his right hand, prompting Hansbrough to swipe him away and then charge at him. Hansbrough shoved Ezeli with both hands, and Ezeli retreated before swinging with his arms and missing in retaliation. Finally, officials and members from both teams stepped in to separate the combatants.
[daily_cut.NBA] Hansbrough departed with six points and five rebounds in nine minutes. Ezeli went scoreless and grabbed one rebound in eight minutes.
The NBA league office will review the altercation and determine whether Ezeli and/or Hansbrough should be assessed a fine and/or suspension.
Golden State improved to 44-11. Toronto fell to 37-20.