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MavsFanFinley
02-19-2004, 12:28 AM
Payton, Claxton ejected for scuffle

February 19, 2004

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton and Golden State Warriors guard Speedy Claxton were ejected for fighting in the third quarter Wednesday night.

After Claxton was called for a foul while trying to make a steal, Payton elbowed him in the chest. Claxton angrily shoved away Payton's arm, and Payton wrapped his arms around Claxton while driving him into the scorers' table.

Coaches, teammates and officials intervened, with referee Tony Brothers tackling Payton to the floor.

Claxton had 18 points and four assists, soundly outplaying Payton before the ejections. Payton, an Oakland native, had family members in attendance who booed when the ejections were announced.

ddh33
02-19-2004, 12:33 AM
I didn't see it mentioned in that article, but Payton also looked to have bit Speedy. They even made a "Tyson" remark on ESPN.

Wonder how the NBA will respond to this?

TheBaron
02-19-2004, 02:11 AM
If we play them [the Lakers] in the playoffs we need to activate TAW to talk some crap to Payton. He's been ejected, what? Five time already this year? He can't control himself.

Shaq Attack2
02-19-2004, 02:56 AM
Thankfully Payton wasn't trying to bite him, as both he and Speedy said that's not what happened, they were just pushed a little too hard into the scorer's table.