Things got pretty physical on Wednesday night between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics.
With 29.5 seconds remaining in the second quarter and the Nets leading, 51-35, Kevin Garnett took the ball strong to the hole, where he was met with a hard foul from Kris Humphries.
And then it went down.
After KG fell to the floor, Rajon Rondo decided to take it upon himself to protect KG by shoving Humphries, which led to a major scuffle under the basket.
As you can see in the video, a handful of players were involved, including KG, Rondo, Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Paul Pierce, Reggie Evans, Brandon Bass, Jason Terry and C.J. Watson.
Once coaches and referees broke up the fight, it took a few minutes to figure out the penalties for the brawl.
After convening, the officials ejected Humphries and Rondo from the game due to their roles in the fight. Wallace was also ejected for the Nets, as a technical foul called against him earlier in the game led to his ejection following his role in the scuffle. For KG's part, he received a technical foul.
Perhaps most affected by the ruckus was Rondo, who saw his assist streak snapped, as ESPN's John Buccigross points out:
Rajon Rondo's consecutive 10 assist steak is over at 37 straight games after he was ejected for scuffling with Kris Humphries in the 2nd Q— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) November 29, 2012
If there's one reason fans don't like Rondo, it's because of the chip on his shoulder that he carries around, which was evident tonight when he started the fight. The Celtics were getting whooped by Brooklyn as the first half wound down, which could have fueled the brawl under the basket.
SNY contributor and sports journalist Josh Newman gives us his two cents on Rondo's actions, tweeting:
Rondo really didn't need to get involved there at all. Humphries followed through on the foul on Garnett, but it wasn't malicious.— Josh Newman™ (@Joshua_Newman) November 29, 2012
Humphries did deliver a hard foul, but it's nothing that KG or any of his teammates haven't seen in the past. Garnett and the Celts have never had an issue beating up on the Nets in previous years.
If anything, this little scuffle shows a changing of the guard in the Atlantic Division. This isn't the same Nets organization that won a mere 12 games during the 2009-2010 season.
Prior to being ejected, Rondo had six points and three assists, while Humphries and Wallace combined for eight points and six rebounds.
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