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Scrum With Gerald Henderson Leads to Alan Anderson's Ejection

Alan Anderson left the Wizards/Blazers game early after a scuffle with Gerald Henderson.

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Late in the first quarter of Tuesday night's game, Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson and Washington Wizards guard Alan Anderson got tied up cutting through the middle. After some hand fighting the two came together, Henderson leading with a forearm to Anderson's chest and Anderson following quickly with a sort of swipe across Henderson's face. Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis stepped in, among others, to break things up and the refs went to review.

After a few minutes double technicals were handed out, as is common in instances like these. However, Anderson was determined to commit a "hostile act" and was subsequently ejected from the game.

A "hostile act" is defined by the NBA as such:

Rule 13 Section I a (6) A Player Altercation occurs. (For purposes of this instant replay rule only, a Player Altercation shall mean a situation in which (i) two or more players are engaged in (a) a fight or (b) a hostile physical interaction that is not part of normal basketball play and that does not immediately resolve by itself or with the intervention of game officials or players, or (ii) one player commits a hostile act against another player that results in the offending player being ejected from the game--for example, when a player intentionally or recklessly harms or attempts to harm another player through the use of a punch, elbow, kick or blow to head.)