After a heated skirmish late in the first half of the Warriors’ game Friday night against Washington, Golden State forward Draymond Green and Wizards guard Bradley Beal were ejected. With less than a minute left in the second quarter and the Warriors down 64-50, Green swatted a Beal floater attempt. Moments later, after Kelly Oubre Jr. missed a three-point try, Beal grabbed Green around the neck as Green went to box him out. Green immediately turned around, grabbed Beal’s back and the two grappled before falling on the baseline in front of the Wizards’ basket.
Players from both teams joined the fray as referees tried to intervene. After the scrum was finally broken up, Green emerged with the right side of his white jersey torn. The Oracle Arena big screen showed Green tell head coach Steve Kerr, “He punched me.” After a lengthy review, Green and Beal were ejected for fighting.
Green, who received a technical earlier in the quarter for jawing with an official, was cheered as he trudged toward the home locker room. Moments later, those same fans rained down boos as Beal disappeared through the opposite tunnel. Green left the game with three points, six assists and three rebounds in 17 minutes. In 15 minutes, Beal had four points, two assists and three rebounds.