Wizards guard Brandon Jennings and Suns forward Jared Dudley were each fined $35,000 by the NBA on Thursday for their roles in the altercation that led to the ejection of both players during Tuesday’s game in Phoenix.

The incident began after Suns guard Tyler Ulis took exception to a hard screen by Wizards center Jason Smith in the second quarter of the Wizards’131-127 win. After Ulis exchanged words with Smith, Dudley rushed in to defend his teammate, bumped into Smith’s chest and made contact with his forehead. Jennings entered the fray and started shouting at Dudley while directing a gesture at the ex-Wizards player with his index finger and thumb up.

“They said I pointed my finger like a gun at Dudley,” Jennings, who was officially fined for “making menacing gestures on the playing court,” said of what the officials told him before he was ejected.

Jennings said after the game that he expected to hear from the league office, but maintained that he was simply sticking up for his teammate.

“I was telling Dudley to relax, like, calm down, because you’re not that type of guy,” Jennings said. “Jason Smith didn’t do anything wrong anyway. All he did was set a good pick, so for you to come at a guy like Jason Smith, who’s not even a bad guy or don’t do things like that – so what are you doing? I was just protecting my teammate.”

Jennings, who signed with Washington last week after being released by the Knicks, has appeared in four games for the Wizards. He played 18 minutes off the bench in Wednesday’s 123-113 win over Denver.

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