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May 4, 2022 4:13 am

Dillon Brooks ejected, Gary Payton II leaves with injury

Memphis’ Dillon Brooks was issued a flagrant foul 2 and ejected while Golden State’s Gary Payton II was injured in a rough start to Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Warriors and the host Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

Brooks wound up and slugged Payton across the head on a layup attempt, incurring the ejection at 9:08 of the first quarter. Payton landed awkwardly on the play and left with a left-elbow injury.

Payton made 1 of 2 free throws but left for the locker room afterward. He was ruled out for the rest of the game after having X-rays. He scored one point in three minutes.

In addition, Warriors forward Draymond Green required stitches on his face after he was hit by an elbow. He returned to the court with a swollen eye to start the second quarter.

No foul was called on that play.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the plays “dirty” during an on-court interview with TNT.

Brooks went 0-for-3 from the field and had a steal before the ejection.

Behind 47 points from Ja Morant, the Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 106-101 to tie the series at one game apiece. Game 3 will be Saturday in San Francisco.

–Field Level Media

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