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Miles Bridges' frustrations boiled over lateWednesday night in the NBA play-in tournament when he hit a young fan with his mouthpiece after being ejected from the game in Atlanta.
Bridges was whistled for goaltending with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter against the Hawks. Upset with the call, Bridges yelled at referee James Williams, who assessed Bridges a technical foul. Bridges continued to argue, and Williams gave him a second technical, triggering an automatic ejection.
As Bridges made his way through the tunnel towards the locker room, a fan next to the railing closest to Bridges waved goodbye. Bridges then swung his arm at the fan's arm and lost his mouthpiece, which hit a girl standing nearby in the shoulder and face.
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After the game,and called the incident "unacceptable." In a retweet of a video clip from the altercation, Bridges also asked for help reaching out to the fan.
"Somebody get me in contact with the young lady," Bridges wrote. "That’s unacceptable."
Somebody get me in contact with the young lady. That’s unacceptable.— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges)
Bridges told reporters he'll accept whatever punishment he gets from the league.
"I was upset about a call, a couple of calls really," he said. "I let my temper get the best of me. It was definitely the wrong thing to do."
Charlotte's season ended Wednesday. Bridges had 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with four assists and four rebounds. The Hornets made the Eastern Conference play-in tournament for the second consecutive year but lost another blowout in the 9-10 matchup.
Herro scores 35, Heat beat Hornets 144-115 for 5th straight
MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Herro scored 35 points off the bench and the Miami Heat moved closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 144-115 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night. Miami won its fifth straight and posted the second-highest point total in franchise history, while Charlotte allowed 144 for the second consecutive game after a 144-112 loss Saturday at Philadelphia. Jimmy Butler added 27 points, Bam Adebayo had 22 and Duncan Robinson broke out of a recent scoring slump with 21 points for the Heat, who need to win one of their two remaining games to secure the top spot in the East.
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