Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe ejected for throwing ball at 76ers’ Joel Embiid during altercation

PHILADELPHIA — It didn't take long for emotions to run high between the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. In less than three minutes Thursday night, a game of dodgeball broke out at Wells Fargo Center.

Despite being the one doing the pegging, though, it was Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe who was sent off.

With 9:25 left in the first quarter, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo splashed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Bucks up 13-5. Under the hoop, though, Bledsoe and 76ers center Joel Embiid got physical, as Embiid boxed out Bledsoe.

Bledsoe, who was behind Embiid, took exception to a shove by Embiid and responded by throwing his left forearm into Embiid's back after the shot went in. Embiid gestured toward the nearest referee and seemed like he was going to get the call, but Philadelphia's big man then tossed the ball at Bledsoe.

A dodgeball game broke out. Embiid got a technical foul. Bledsoe got two and ejected.

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Bledsoe caught the toss and fired the ball right back at Embiid, hitting him in the chest and igniting a kerfuffle between the two teams.

Bledsoe was assessed two technical fouls and ejected for the late shove and the ball throw. Embiid received a technical, as did 76ers forward Mike Scott, who threw the ball at Bledsoe after it hit Embiid.

Matt Velazquez covers the NBA for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow on Twitter @Matt_Velazquez.

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