John Wall received his second career ejection on Wednesday after he threw a punch at the midsection of Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilguaskas. With 8 minutes 46 seconds left in the second quarter, the Wizards led 37-36 when Wall was pressuring Ilguaskas on defense. Then Ilguaskas threw an elbow and hit Wall in the face. Wall continued to reach for the ball when Ilguaskas struck him with another elbow, leading Wall to swing.
JaVale McGee came in to separate the two players when former Wizard Juwan Howard aggressively shoved McGee. Coach Flip Saunders then ran onto the floor to intervene, shouting at Howard, and pulling back McGee. Wall had to be restrained.
Officials convened for several minutes before watching the replay and determining that Wall and Ilgauskas would both receive automatic ejections with flagrant foul penalty twos. McGee was assessed a technical foul and Howard also received a technical, but was ejected for escalating the incident.
Wall left to a standing ovation after scoring two points and getting five assists in 15 minutes. He could also face further discipline -- possibly a suspension and fine -- from the league for throwing a punch.
This was the second incident involving the Wizards and Heat this season. When the teams met in Miami on Nov. 29, Hilton Armstrong was ejected for shoving Heat center Joel Anthony while in midair and Howard was tossed, receiving a flagrant penalty two, for retaliating by shoving Armstrong face-first into the floor.
Wall was also ejected from a 110-92 loss to Orlando on Feb. 4 after picking up two technical fouls.