November 29, 2012
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Rajon Rondo was at the center of a scrum during the Nets-Celtics game that left three players ejected in Boston's 95-83 loss.
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The fight stemmed from Rondo's reaction to a hard foul Brooklyn's Kris Humphries, center, committed on Kevin Garnett, left.
Rondo took a swing at Humphries, which ignited a fracas and led to an ejection for the Celtics guard.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers was upset with the combined effect of the fight and the loss. "That was awful, basketball-wise," he said.
Head official James Capers blamed Rondo for the fight. Rondo, he said, "initiated everything" after the foul.
Several other players jumped into the fight after Rondo took the swing at Humphries.
The fight spilled over into the first row of fans under the basket.
Rondo, Humphries and the Nets' Gerald Wallace were ejected.
It was the third ejection in 10 months for Rondo, who could face a suspension now.
Paul Pierce sat alone on the bench as officials sorted out the penalties following the fight.