PDA

View Full Version : Fight delays Bulls/Wizards game


MavsFanFinley
10-26-2004, 01:06 AM
CHICAGO (AP) -- Kirk Hinrich scored 32 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 100-95 victory over the Washington Wizards in an exhibition game delayed by a fight Monday night.

The fight caused the game to be stopped for several minutes with 3:22 left in the third quarter. Washington's Larry Hughes pushed Hinrich into Chicago's Luol Deng as he was going in for a layup.

Hughes and Hinrich confronted each other after the play and Chicago's Antonio Davis came in to defend Hinrich. Then Washington's Brendan Haywood took a swing at Davis, who countered with a right jab to Haywood's face.

They wrestled to the floor before order was restored. There were no injuries.

``I was running and he started to cut me off and I moved him,'' Hughes said of Hinrich. ``He's running full speed and I'm running full speed and made contact.''

Davis and Michael Ruffin of the Wizards were ejected.

``It is one of those things that cooler heads should have prevailed, but they didn't,'' Haywood said.

Haywood wasn't ejected despite swinging at Davis.

``I wasn't surprised because I was protecting myself,'' Haywood said. ``I was trying to protect my teammates and then I was trying to protect myself.

``He was the one that initiated it. Somebody pushed me when my back was turned. I thought it was him, Antonio Davis.''

Davis said he was only trying to protect his teammates.

``We shouldn't take any baloney,'' he said. ``We should stick up for one another.''

Tommy Smith hit a jumper to give the Bulls a 96-95 lead with 37.4 seconds remaining. Jarvis Hayes missed a jumper for Washington on the other end and Hinrich followed with two free throws to put the Bulls up 98-95 with 19.2 seconds left. Hayes missed a 3 to tie the game with 12 seconds left.

Hayes scored 15 points for Washington, and Haywood had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Andres Nocioni added 11 points and nine rebounds for Chicago.

The Wizards closed the first half by outscoring the Bulls 18-6 and led 54-41. Samaki Walker scored 11 points in the half and Gilbert Arenas added 10 and four assists for the Wizards. Chicago had 13 turnovers in the half.

Arenas finished with 12 points, seven assists and seven steals for Washington.

Smith and Davis had 10 points apiece for Chicago.

The Wizards extended their lead to 70-49 on Hayes' dunk with 6:55 left in the third quarter. The Bulls closed out the quarter by outscoring the Wizards 11-2.

Nocioni cut the lead to 82-74 with a jumper to end the quarter. Nocioni then hit a 3 to tie the game at 89 with 3:41 left.

Hinrich gave the Bulls a 94-92 lead with 2:17 to go.

Antawn Jamison rested his bruised right knee and did not play for the Wizards. Tyson Chandler missed the game for the Bulls due to illness.

EricaLubarsky
10-26-2004, 01:59 AM
Shame!

Hinrich is one of my favorite players, too. Everyone in an NBA fight is a loser, but the real winner is the player that plays better on the court. Hinrich certainly did that. 32pts, 5assists, 4rebounds. 5-7 from beyond the arc.

TripleDipping
10-26-2004, 10:11 AM
"Haywood wasn't ejected despite swinging at Davis."

I thought the league has a strict policy of ejecting anyone who takes a swing regardless of the situation. I guess not.

Rockets34Life
10-26-2004, 04:38 PM
Anyone want to watch?

http://home.comcast.net/~sham/bullswizardsbrawl.mpg

EricaLubarsky
10-26-2004, 04:54 PM
"if he backs up any faster he's going to get a French passport"

ha

dirk2003
10-26-2004, 06:06 PM
Eddie Curry going straight for the nuts! Haha

Big Boy Laroux
10-26-2004, 06:22 PM
haywood wasn't ejected? ridiculous. IMO, he was the one that caused the fight to escalate. Sure, hinrich pushed hughes, but then haywood shoved hinrich, then swung at davis.

EricaLubarsky
10-26-2004, 06:26 PM
Originally posted by: Big Boy Laroux
haywood wasn't ejected? ridiculous. IMO, he was the one that caused the fight to escalate. Sure, hinrich pushed hughes, but then haywood shoved hinrich, then swung at davis.

maybe they didnt check the replay. In that video it was clear that he punched Davis and thats what started the fight up again.

StvNash13
10-26-2004, 06:49 PM
Originally posted by: Rockets34Life
Anyone want to watch?

http://home.comcast.net/~sham/bullswizardsbrawl.mpg

Thanks for the link, bro.

Dirkenstien
10-26-2004, 08:13 PM
Thanks for the link...Haywood should have been ejected and Hughes should be either suspended or fined

grndmstr_c
10-26-2004, 08:15 PM
They probably should have just let AD beat Haywood's ass and that would have taken care of things with him.

FreshJive
10-26-2004, 09:17 PM
That was a dirty play by Hughes.

MavKikiNYC
10-26-2004, 09:30 PM
Recommendation: 3-game suspensions for Haywood and Hughes.

Punitive measure: During Bulls v. Wizard games, compel Haywood to be on the floor at all times when Antonio Davis is in the game.

MavKikiNYC
10-27-2004, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by: MavKikiNYC
Recommendation: 3-game suspensions for Haywood and Hughes.

Punitive measure: During Bulls v. Wizard games, compel Haywood to be on the floor at all times when Antonio Davis is in the game.


Not that far off.

Two Bulls, Wizards Suspended

NEW YORK, Oct., 27 -- The following suspensions and fine were announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Senior Vice President Basketball Operations, resulting from an altercation during the Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls game on October 25.
Wizards center Brendan Haywood has been suspended three games without pay for his role in an altercation with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich and subsequently throwing punches and fighting with Bulls forward/center Antonio Davis. Washington guard Larry Hughes has been suspended one game without pay for initiating an altercation with Hinrich by head-butting him and for his role in the subsequent altercation. Haywood and Hughes will begin serving their suspensions with the Wizards first game of the 2004-05 NBA regular season on Wednesday, November 3 against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.

Chicago forward/center Antonio Davis has been suspended two games without pay for punching and fighting with Haywood, and Bulls forward/center Eddy Curry has been suspended two games without pay for throwing a punch at Haywood and his role in the altercation. Hinrich has been fined $10,000 for his role in the altercation and shoving Hughes. Davis and Curry will begin serving their suspensions with the Bulls first game of the 2004-05 NBA regular season on Friday, November 5 when they host the New Jersey Nets at United Center.

The incident occurred with 3:22 remaining in the third period of the Bulls 100-95 win over the Wizards at United Center on Monday, October 25.

EricaLubarsky
10-27-2004, 11:35 PM
if they really want to wipe out fighting, they need to hand out more than three game suspensions.