Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 8:09 p.m. UPDATED 10:33 p.m.
By Ryan O'Halloran
The first elbow he received from Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Wizards point guard John Wall stopped for a split second before continuing to guard the 7-foot Heat center 25 feet from the bucket.
But the second elbow to Walls head? That was just too much.
Wall shoved and then threw a punch at Ilgauskas before teammate JaVale McGee intervened and Wall was pulled away by Jordan Crawford.
Throwing a punch, though, is an automatic ejection in the NBA and Wall was sent off after playing only 15 minutes and scoring two points in the Wizards 123-107 loss to Miami.
Just got hit by an elbow and reacted to it, Wall said. Im disappointed in the way I reacted. I let my teammates down. I let my organization down.
Wall watched as the Wizards gamely tried to upset Miami, but the Heat finished the game on a 13-3 run.
In addition to Walls ejection, Ilgauskas was thrown out and Heat reserve Juwan Howard was tossed after he tried to escalate the melee and get after McGee.
Wall agreed he needed to respond to Ilgauskas second elbow but in a different manner.
I wish I would have done that another way and not get ejected, Wall said.
Referring to McGee quickly jumping in, Wall said: It was good we were protecting each other but at the same time, we have to be better than that and not get ejected from the game.
Said Heat guard Dwyane Wade: You can never fault a guy for sticking up for himself and thats all it was. Zs not really the one you want to mess with too much.
Staff producer Brian Jackson contributed to this report.
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