Dudley, Butler tossed after Nets-Sixers fracas

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NEW YORK — Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley were both tossed Saturday from Game 4 of the Philadelphia 76ers‘ first-round NBA playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets after Dudley shoved Joel Embiid and players from both teams had to be separated by the officials.

Dudley rushed at Embiid with 7 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter and Brooklyn leading 67-61 after the Sixers center fouled Jarrett Allen near the basket, bringing the 6-foot-11 big man to the floor. In the ensuing fracas, Dudley and Ben Simmons spilled into the courtside seats along the baseline at Barclays Center.

After play was stopped for several minutes to sort out the penalties, Embiid was assessed a flagrant foul 1 against Allen and both Dudley and Butler — who swung his left forearm at Dudley — were called for technical fouls and ejected from the game.

Embiid elbowed Allen in the face in Game 2, drawing a flagrant foul 1 after an officials’ review. Afterward, Embiid chuckled during his postgame news conference while apologizing for the play. After later seeing the replay, Embiid admitted he should have been ejected.

The Sixers lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

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