A scuffle broke out in the 3rd quarter of Game 1 of the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers first-round playoff series, leading to Kristaps Porzingis being ejected after he received a technical foul, his second of the night.
It all went down after Porzingis tried to get in between Marcus Morris Sr. and Luka Doncic after the two players started to get into it.
A scrum broke out after this play between Luka and Marcus Morris. pic.twitter.com/41gZIGsGCp— ESPN (@espn) August 18, 2020
Kristaps Porzingis was ejected after he received his second tech. pic.twitter.com/aQoJcrI8KE— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 18, 2020
NBA ref expert Steve Javie brought in on the ESPN broadcast and says Porzingis was an "escalator" rather than a peacemaker in the situation. Says the refs made the right call and were justified in calling the 2nd tech on KP, resulting in automatic ejection.— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) August 18, 2020
Man that was BOGUS AS HELL MAN!!!!! Cmon man. 🤦🏾♂️— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 18, 2020
That ejection is super soft...— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) August 18, 2020
What a break for the Clippers. No way Porzingis should be ejected. One tech for complaining over what he thought was a good block (it was a foul). Now this for rushing to the defense of Doncic and giving MMorris a tiny shove. So wrong.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 18, 2020
Nothing better to close a great day of playoffs than ruining an otherwise awesome game by ejecting Kristaps Porzingis for two terrible techs— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) August 18, 2020
Really really really really dumb and stupid and lazy and unfair to eject Porzingis for THAT...just hideously wrong and lazy on every level.— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) August 18, 2020
Porzingis ejected for nothing pic.twitter.com/WZ0bU7qWgb— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) August 18, 2020
Porzingis left the game, his playoff debut, with 14 points and six rebounds. The Clippers ended up winning the game with a final score of 118-110.