The Washington Bullets played last night's game against the New York Knicks without center Pervis Ellison, who was suspended for the game and fined $7,500 for fighting Indiana center Rik Smits on Wednesday night.
Also, Bullets guard Darrell Walker was fined $7,500 by the league for verbally abusing official Ron Olesiak in two postgame incidents. League rules require players and coaches to leave the floor immediately after the game.
Ellison and Smits were ejected with 4:55 left in the fourth quarter of a game Washington won in overtime, 114-112. The two traded punches at midcourt after exchanging shoves up the court following a free throw.
Smits was fined $7,500 and suspended for last night's game against Charlotte.
Suspensions are almost always given to players if they are ejected for fighting. Rod Thorn, NBA vice president for operations, said the two were penalized "for taking part in the altercation and landing punches."
The Bullets expected that Ellison would be suspended; they just didn't know if it would be against the Knicks or Saturday against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Walker exchanged words with Olesiak as soon as the final horn sounded. Then, outside Washington's locker room, the two went at it again. Walker was particularily angered by a pushing foul Olesiak called on him with 42 seconds left in regulation.
Walker said he thought his fine "was a little excessive. I'll take a look at protesting. It was a little too stiff. I would certainly understand if I was in a fight but I was not in a fight, just a heated discussion. Maybe I shouldn't have taken it to the locker room, but I still think it was a little steep."
Staff writer Christine Brennan contributed to this report.