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Charlie Villanueva chokes Russell Westbrook, gets ejected

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.

Villanueva was ejected, while Westbrook, Barea and Serge Ibaka were hit with technical fouls for their role in the skirmish.

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