On the same night that Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios in boxing’s latest match-up, the NBA witnessed their own kind of fight. In the third quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers – Golden State Warriors contest on Saturday night, Joel Freeland and Andrew Bogut got tangled up under the basket. Mo Williams and LaMarcus Aldridge were quick to come to Freeland’s defense, shoving Bogut and escalating the scrum.
From there, the pushing carried over to the Warriors bench as referees and coaches attempted to separate the players. Jermaine O’Neal, who was inactive for the game even got into it, reminiscent of the most infamous brawl in NBA history.
Mo Williams was ejected, while Wesley Matthews (2nd, ejected), Aldridge and Freeland received technical fouls for Portland. Bogut and Draymond Green were each handed technical fouls for Golden State.
The Blazers won the heated affair 113-101, extending their winning streak to ten games and improving to 12-2 on the season. Aldridge finished with 30 points and 21 rebounds, and seemed extra motivated following the on-court scrum.
Ejected Blazers Wes Matthews & Mo Williams greeted teammates outside lockeroom after GS win. Aldridge told them, "(The win) is for y'all."
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 24, 2013