Pacers' Murphy, Bulls' Thomas ejected after brief altercation

Updated: December 12, 2007, 8:21 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana center Troy Murphy and Chicago forward Tyrus Thomas were ejected after an altercation Wednesday night.

The Bulls were leading 41-36 with 3:51 left in the second quarter when Thomas took exception to a hard foul by Murphy and responded by shoving him in the face. Murphy swung back, and players from both teams intervened before things escalated.

Murphy had been called for a technical foul minutes earlier, and Pacers coach Jim O'Brien also had been called for a technical in the period.


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