Michael Carter-Williams, Tim Frazier Ejected After Wizards-Hornets Altercation

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2018

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15: Michael Carter-Williams #10 of the Charlotte Hornets moves the ball up court against the Detroit Pistons during the an NBA game at Little Caesars Arena on January 15, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  The Hornets defeated the Pistons 118 -107. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Washington Wizards, 133-109, Wednesday, but not before there was a near brawl and multiple ejections.

According to Tom Haberstroh of Bleacher Report Magazine, Washington's Tim Frazier and Charlotte's Michael Carter-Williams were both assessed double technicals and ejected. Washington's Jason Smith was also involved in the altercation that happened late in the fourth quarter after the outcome was already in hand:

While no punches were actually thrown, there may have been some collective frustration between the two aggressors, considering Carter-Williams scored three points on 0-of-2 shooting from the field and Frazier went scoreless, missing both of his free throws.

Carter-Williams appeared to take exception with Smith stepping over him (even if it was unintentional) and jumped up seemingly ready for a fight, and Frazier came running in before he was held back by an official.

It was just the latest instance of what has been a tension-filled stretch in the NBA that saw Ben Simmons and Kyle Lowry jaw at each other, Arron Afflalo take a massive swing at Nemanja Bjelica and a chippy game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets featuring Trevor Ariza and Blake Griffin ejections and the locker room drama that had NBA Twitter abuzz.

As for Wednesday's contest, Dwight Howard led the way for the victorious Hornets with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Charlotte has won three of its last four games as it attempts to make up ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

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