Official explains incident between Celtics, Nets

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Official explains incident between Celtics, Nets

BOSTON The following is lead official James Capers speaking to a pool reporter regarding the incident in the second quarter of Boston's 95-83 loss to Brooklyn that involved three players -- Rajon Rondo for Boston along with Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace for Brooklyn -- being ejected.
Pool reporter: What specifically prompted ejection of Rondo?
Capers: "Rondo initiated everything that proceeded after the foul. And when he and Humphries go into the stands, they are involved in a fight. Fighting is an automatic ejection."
Pool Reporter: What were the reasons for the two technical fouls on Humphries?
Capers: "When Kevin goes to the basket, he is re-routed by Humphries. So we had a personal foul for the re-route. Kevin is trying to continue -- to get a continuation for shooting -- and now Humphries hits him. Because the whistle blew, it was a dead-ball situation, and that's a technical foul for contact during a dead ball. ... What proceeds after that is a fight, so he's ejected."
Pool Reporter: Did Wallace or Garnett throw a punch?
Capers: "As we reviewed it, no. They aggressively went to one another, and they basically pushed and extended on one another, but there was not a punch thrown."
Pool Reporter: What prompted their techs?
Capers: "For the escalating of the event. And then Wallace (already) had one, therefore he was ejected."