Bucks’ Thanasis Antetokounmpo ejected after headbutting Celtics’ Blake Griffin in blowout loss

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Milwaukee Bucks Forward Thanassis Antetokounmpo was sent off late in Thursday night’s loss to the Boston Celtics after hitting his head against Blake Griffin which led to a heated melee between the two sides with just minutes left in the game.

Antetokounmpo, an older brother to Two-time League Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo, Flagrant was fouled 2 and ejected from the game with just under 1:30 left in the game while Griffin got Flagrant 1.

Thanassis Antetokounmpo, #43 of the Milwaukee Bucks, dunks the ball during the game against the Boston Celtics on March 30, 2023 at Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee.

Thanassis Antetokounmpo, #43 of the Milwaukee Bucks, dunks the ball during the game against the Boston Celtics on March 30, 2023 at Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The incident occurred after Antetokounmpo was severely fouled by Griffin while under the net.

Giannis Antekounmpo taps the player’s tooth with his elbow

Cleary, unhappy with the play—and likely the score at the time the Celtics were leading 136-92—Antetokounmpo got in Griffin’s face and bunted him.

Players on the field from both teams rushed to the scene, but the officials and coaching staff quickly separated the two, and Antetokounmpo was eventually ejected from the match.

Thanassis Antetokounmpo, #43 of the Milwaukee Bucks, reacts after scoring in the second half of the game against the Miami Heat at Vserv Forum on February 24, 2023 in Milwaukee.

Thanassis Antetokounmpo, #43 of the Milwaukee Bucks, reacts after scoring in the second half of the game against the Miami Heat at Vserv Forum on February 24, 2023 in Milwaukee. (John Fisher/Getty Images)

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Griffin, who is seen laughing when Jaylen Brown shows him his protective face mask, does not appear to be puzzled by the incident.

celtics, who sit just behind the Bucks in the Eastern Conference 140-99 Milwaukee. Jason Tatum scored 40 points, while the Browns added 30 points.

Blake Griffin, #91 of the Boston Celtics, recovers the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on March 15, 2023 in Minneapolis.  The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves, 104-102.

Blake Griffin, #91 of the Boston Celtics, recovers the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on March 15, 2023 in Minneapolis. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves, 104-102. (David Birding/Getty Images)

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“It doesn’t matter,” Brown said of the possibility of winning the top seed. “We want to finish the season strong and see what happens.”

The Celtics own the tiebreaker if both teams finish with the same record.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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