DETROIT — Three players and Detroit coach Dwane Casey were ejected after a fight between the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons late in the first half of Wednesday’s game.
Orlando’s Franz Wagner was ejected for a flagrant foul, while Detroit’s Killian Hayes and Hamadou Diallo were ejected for their actions in the ensuing scuffle in front of the Pistons bench. Casey was kicked out for challenging the decision.
Wagner and Hayes were chasing an errant magic pass into the backcourt, with Wagner knowing Orlando would be called for a backcourt violation as soon as he touched it. As he slowed to let him out of bounds, Hayes attempted to pass him along the sideline.
Wagner checked Hayes off the Detroit bench. triggering a brawl involving all players from both teams.
Hayes got up and appeared to hit Wagner in the back of the head.
Many Magic players could be suspended for leaving the bench area. Moritz Wagner, Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr, Gary Harris, Mo Bamba, RJ Hampton, Terrence Ross and Admiral Schofield were the offside players as the Orlando bench emptied.
The incident happened with 34 seconds left in the first half. The Pistons led 66-47 at the half.