Hornets' West ejected vs. Wolves

Updated: February 8, 2009, 8:36 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Hornets All-Star forward David West was ejected after a hard foul from behind on Mike Miller late in the second quarter of New Orleans' home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

David West

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West appeared upset that no foul was called on the other end of the court seconds earlier, when he appeared to be hit and turned the ball over, leading to a fastbreak by Minnesota.

Miller was driving to the hoop when West chopped his right arm down over Miller's right shoulder from behind, catching Miller in the face with a forearm. Miller dropped to the floor and remained down for several seconds. He remained in with no apparent injury.

West was called for a flagrant-2 foul, which carries an automatic ejection. The play also will be reviewed by the league and could result in a suspension. West had nine points and two rebounds before he was thrown out with 1:53 to go in the first half, when New Orleans trailed 48-43.

West's ejection was yet another blow to a depleted Hornets squad which came in already missing All-Star point guard Chris Paul (groin) and starting center Tyson Chandler (ankle).


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