For the second day in a row, there was a brawl in an NBA game. Five players were ejected in the game between the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. That came a day after Donovan Mitchell and Dillon Brooks got into it in Cleveland.
Speaking of the Mitchell-Brooks fight, the league has handed out punishments to both players. Mitchell was given a hefty fine, while Brooks was suspended for a game. Brooks appeared to hit Mitchell in the groin area, which caused the fight in the first place.
On that note, here's the latest NBA news roundup for Feb. 4 brought to you by Sportskeeda.
Five players ejected in Orlando Magic-Minnesota Timberwolves brawl
A massive brawl broke out in the third quarter of the game between the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, where five players were ejected: Mo Bamba, Jalen Suggs of the Magic, and Austin Rivers, Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince of the Timberwolves.
The fight started when Rivers approached the Magic bench after getting heckled. Bamba threw a punch that started the exchange, with Suggs, McDaniels and Prince coming into the aid of their teammates. Officials and coaches managed to break up the fight before it turned ugly.
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NBA take disciplinary action for Dillon Brooks and Donovan Mitchell brawl
The NBA suspended Dillon Brooks for one game for his role in the altercation with Donovan Mitchell on Thursday. Mitchell was not given a suspension but was fined $20,000. Brooks will miss the Memphis Grizzlies' game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
The fight happened after Brooks went up for a lay-up and got blocked by Evan Mobley. He was knocked down to the ground and appeared to hit Mitchell in the groin area. Mitchell proceeded to throw the ball at Brooks, and the two got into a shoving contest.
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Anthony Edwards unbothered by NBA All-Star snub
Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves was one of the biggest snubs in the NBA All-Star Game.
Edwards is averaging 24.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals this season. He told Marc J. Spears of Andscape that he's unbothered by his exclusion, as he expected it.
"That's how it has always been," Edwards said. "I've never been the person to get chosen to be an All-Star. They didn't want me to be the No. 1 pick, right? So, I'm used to it at this point. I just love the game of basketball."
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2023 NBA All-Star coaches for Team Giannis and Team LeBron revealed
The coaches for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game have been finalized. With the Denver Nuggets' win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, they have clinched the best record in the Western Conference before the All-Star break.
Mike Malone will now be the coach of Team LeBron James. Opposite Malone for Team Giannis Antetokounmpo is Boston Celtics interim coach Joe Mazzulla. The Celtics own the best record in the league and the Eastern Conference.
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Complete NBA game scores for Feb. 3, 2023
There were eight games on the NBA schedule on Friday. It was headlined by the matchup between the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns. Here are the complete scores for February 3:
- Indiana Pacers def. Sacramento Kings 107-104
- Detroit Pistons def. Charlotte Hornets 118-112
- Portland Trail Blazers def. Washington Wizards 124-116
- Phoenix Suns def. Boston Celtics 106-94
- Orlando Magic def. Minnesota Timberwolves 127-120
- Philadelphia 76ers def. San Antonio Spurs 137-125
- Toronto Raptors def. Houston Rockets 117-111
- Atlanta Hawks def. Utah Jazz 115-108
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