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Clippers' Russell Westbrook ejected vs. Mavericks in Game 3


Russell Westbrook is going to want to wipe the film from Game 3 of the Clippers vs. Mavericks first-round series. 

The Los Angeles point guard had a night to forget on Friday, as the Clippers fell 110-90 to the Mavericks, allowing Dallas to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference first-round series. Not only did Westbrook put together his worst scoring playoff performance to date, but he also was forced to exit the game early after throwing a punch toward Mavericks forward P.J. Washington. 

Even worse, he did his team no favors by receiving an ejection with more than six minutes to go, appearing to lose his cool late in the losing effort. 

Why was Westbrook ejected, and how did his teammates react? The Sporting News breaks down the sequence and the aftermath below.


With just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Westbrook was whistled for fouling Mavericks star Luka Doncic. Westbrook appeared to grab the arm of the Dallas guard, spinning him around for the foul call. 

The Clippers veteran took exception to the referee’s call and shoved Doncic. In response, Washington gave Westbrook a push from behind, resulting in Westbrook throwing a punch toward the Dallas big. 

Westbrook continued to jaw at Washington and the other members of Dallas before he eventually was escorted down the tunnel. He received a personal four and two technicals, resulting in the ejection. At the time, the Clippers were down 91-75. 

Washington also was ejected from the game, as it was his second technical on the night. He previously received one earlier in the fourth quarter after getting into a scrum with Terance Mann. 

It’s not the first dust-up that the nine-time All-Star has been involved in; however, it did mark the first time in Westbrook’s career that he was tossed from a playoff game. 

The ejection came on the heels of Westbrook’s worst shooting game ever. He finished Game 3 with just a single point, his fewest ever in a playoff game. He failed to make a single shot from the field for the first time in his playoff career, going 0-for-7 on the night, including an 0-for-4 performance from beyond the arc. 

Westbrook wasn’t the only Clipper star to struggle. The trio of Westbrook, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard combined for just 17 total points against the Mavericks. George finished with nine while Leonard had seven in the loss.

The Clippers will look to even the series on Sunday afternoon with Game 4 set to be played in Dallas. 

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