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Fan Runs on Court, Gets Tackled as Wizards Host 76ers

A fan was ejected from Capital One Arena in Washington on Monday night after running onto the floor as the Wizards hosted the 76ers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The unidentified spectator ran onto the floor in the third quarter as the Wizards dribbled the ball up the floor. He ran toward the baseline and slapped the backboard before being taken down in a textbook tackle by an arena security guard.

"During this evening's game, a fan was apprehended by Capital One Arena Special Police after attempting to breach the court," Monumental Sports & Entertainment tweeted Monday. "He will be banned from the arena, and charges are being pursued with DC MPD."

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Monday's incident in Washington continues a parade of ugly moments from fans throughout the 2021 playoffs. A spectator in Boston was arrested after throwing a water bottle at Kyrie Irving on Sunday, and a fan in Philadelphia poured popcorn over the head of Russell Westbrook on May 27. 

Washington is looking to avoid a sweep in the first round on Monday night against the 76ers. The Wizards broke a two-year playoff drought in 2020–21, but the franchise has not reached the Eastern Conference finals since 1979.

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