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With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, Embiid drew a foul on the drive and within seconds the men wrapped each other up and began extracurriculars.
Harrell can be seen in the video falling as Embiid drew the first foul, but one possession later Embiid drew a foul again and baited Harrell into his antics and a double technical was called.
With a technical picked up earlier in the game, Harrell was tossed when called for his second.
NBC Sports Washington’s Andrew Gillis reports that Harrell had words for Embiid after the game.
“I don’t regret not one minute,” Harrell said of getting ejected. “At the end of the day, the double tech was called how it was supposed to be called. But if we’re going to nitpick about every little rule, taunting and all that, then let it go both ways. He got an and-one, he want to yell in my face and stuff like that, I pushed him out my face. That was the end of it. …”
Yahoo Sports reports that Embiid likes to be an irritant and get under players’ skin before walking away, which seemed to be the situation on Sunday with Harrell leading to his ejection.
“He was the one to step back and point, ‘Oh, oh, I got pushed!’ Stand on your toughness,” Harrell said. “If you’re so tough, stand on that, my dude. Don’t start nitpicking and pointing and wanting to do the telling when the ref walk in, my guy. Stand on that. I am, I got tossed, it is what it is. I wish it wouldn’t have been in the situation that it was in, but I don’t regret it.”
Embiid finished the game with 36 points and 13 rebounds in Philadelphia’s 117-96 victory over Washington.
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