The Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers combined for 42 personal fouls on Saturday night in a game that was rugged from the early going.
At no time during Portland’s 110-99 victory was that more apparent than when Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby and Wizards forward-center Kevin Seraphin exchanged shoves and words with 1 minute 45 seconds to play in the first half.
Following Gerald Wallace’s jumper that gave Portland a 52-46 lead, Camby and Seraphin got tangled underneath the Trail Blazers’ basket. Camby pushed Seraphin across the baseline, and Seraphin pushed back, compelling offiicals to separate the players.
“I don’t really know why he got mad because I just boxed him out,” said Seraphin, who had six points and three rebounds in nearly 18 minutes. “Then he just pushed me like that, and I can’t let people push me like that.”
Officials assessed Camby with a flagrant foul-2 and Seraphin with a technical foul before reviewing the sequence. After several minutes, officials ejected Portland’s starting center, who had six points and five rebounds in close to 14 minutes.
Although neither team had a player foul out, five players collected four fouls apiece. Chris Singleton, Andray Blatche and Seraphin had four fouls for the Wizards, who failed to sweep Portland after winning convincingly at the Rose Garden, 124-109, on Feb. 14.
“It was good to bounce back against a team that beat us at home,” Trail Blazers guard Raymond Felton said.
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