Orlando Magic's Arron Afflalo was ejected for throwing punches at Minnesota Timberwolves player

  • Arron Afflalo threw a haymaker at Nemanja Bjelica in the second quarter of Tuesday night's game between the Orlando Magic and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Both players were ejected from the game.
  • The tussle was just the latest odd occurrence in what's been a surprisingly confrontational week across the NBA.


The NBA's wild week continued on Tuesday as the Orlando Magic and the Minnesota Timberwolves had to be separated after Arron Afflalo threw a haymaker at Nemanja Bjelica, who immediately put Afflalo in a headlock.

The chaos came in the second quarter of Tuesday night's game, after the Timberwolves inbounded from their own baseline. After a missed jumper from Jamal Crawford, Afflalo and Bjelica began to get physical, trading a few shoves before Afflalo threw a full swing and just barely missed connecting. Bjelica, working with a significant reach advantage, put Afflalo in a headlock and held up the struggle until the two could be properly separated.

You can watch the scene play out below.

Both Afflalo and Bjelica were ejected from the game for their infractions. As you can see above, Afflalo was essentially escorted off the floor.

Fines and possible suspensions are likely to follow.

Related: Look back at one of the NBA's most infamous fights: 

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Ron Artest (L) and other members of the Indiana Pacers scuffle with members of the Detroit Pistons during a melee involving fans during a game against the Detroit Pistons November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Ben Wallace #3 of the Detroit Pistons and teammates are kept apart from Ron Artest #91 of the Indiana Pacers by Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle and official Tommy Nunez Jr. on November 19, 2004 during their game at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers #91 is restrained during a melee involving fans during a game against the Detroit Pistons November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers #91 leaves the floor after a melee involving fans during a game against the Detroit Pistons November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Players from the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons run into the stands during a melee at a game November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Jermaine O'Neal #7 of the Indiana Pacers is restrained during a melee involving fans at a game against the Detroit Pistons November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Jermaine O'Neal #7 (yellow headband) and other members of the Indiana Pacers scuffle with members of the Detroit Pistons during a melee involving fans at a game against the Detroit Pistons November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers #91 is restrained during a melee involving fans during a game against the Detroit Pistons November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers #91 is shown on the court during a melee involving fans during a game against the Detroit Pistons November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: The Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons mix it up in a scuffle on November 19, 2004 during their game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: The Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons mix it up in a scuffle on November 19, 2004 during their game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: The Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons mix it up in a scuffle on November 19, 2004 during their game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Larry Brown, Ben Wallace #3 Derrick Coleman #44 and Chauncey Billups #1 of the Detroit Piston scuffle with players of the Indiana Pacers prior during to a melee involving fans during a game November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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It's been a strangely tense week across the NBA so far. On Monday Houston and Los Angeles got into a confrontation after the game when four Rockets players — Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Gerald Green — "breached" the Los Angeles locker room to confront the Clippers.

The moment inspired befuddlement among basketball fans and scores of laughter from the "Inside the NBA" crew.

Hopefully everyone in the NBA can chill out a bit over the next few days.

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