It was not long before the emotions took the best of both sides during the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers game which the Bucks ultimately won by 128-122. With less three minutes left to the game on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, suddenly a game of dodgeball broke out between two opposite team players.
Despite being on the winning side, it was the Bucks Eric Bledsoe who was sent off.
With 9:25 left to the first quarter, a 3–pointer shot was made by Giannis Antetokounmpo but under the hoop. A fight between Bledsoe and Joel Embiid broke as Embiid started shoving and boxing Bledsoe out.
Bledsoe, who at the moment was behind Embiid took action back to Embiid’s shove and threw his left arm into Embiid’s back after Giannis Antetokounmpo made his shot. Embiid at the shove pointed to the nearest referee in what appeared to be technical. However, before Embiid could make a call, he threw the ball at Bledsoe. Bledsoe caught the ball and fired it back towards Embiid which hit him in the chest and thus starting an altercation between players.
Pat Connaughton, the Bucks’ point guard who had been drafted by MLB’s Baltimore Orioles, tweeted on the incident jokingly saying that Bledsoe has a better fastball than him.
Bledsoe based on his shove and ball throw was assessed for two technicals and was ejected out of the game.
As for Embiid, he recovered a technical as well as 76ers’ player Mike Scott also got the technical for throwing the ball which Bledsoe threw at Embiid and Scott caught.