Things got chippy in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s Mavericks-Thunder matchup.
It started when Russell Westbrook was backing J.J. Barea down, and the two got tangled up. Tempers were flaring and a shoving match quickly ensued.
Charlie Villanueva came in to help Barea, and he did so by grabbing Westbrook by his throat.
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Villanueva was ejected, while Westbrook, Barea and Serge Ibaka were hit with technical fouls for their role in the skirmish.