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Raptors’ Serge Ibaka, Bulls’ Robin Lopez ejected after exchanging punches

The Raptors and Bulls came to blows when a shoving match broke out during their game Tuesday, resulting in a pair of ejections and multiple technicals as officials attempted to sort through the fracas.

The scuffle began with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter when Raptors center Serge Ibaka appeared to elbow Bulls counterpart Robin Lopez in the small of his back while jostling for a rebound. When Ibaka secured the ball, Lopez swiped if from his hands and shoved Ibaka, escalating the situation.

As teammates and assistant coaches rushed in to separate the two, Lopez threw a punch at Ibaka, missing wide, and Ibaka returned fire, striking Lopez upside his head. 

Both Ibaka and Lopez were ejected for fighting and likely will face fines from the NBA this week.  

Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and Raptors forward Jamaal Magloire also received offsetting technical fouls for their roles in the scrum.

Toronto went on to win 122-120 in overtime.


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