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ATLANTA (AP) _ Atlanta forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Houston forward Kenny Thomas were ejected in the third quarter Monday for fighting.

The two were battling for position in the lane and shoved each other. It quickly escalated, and both threw punches before being separated along the baseline.

Abdur-Rahim, who seconds earlier had been given a technical for arguing with referee Ron Garretson, had 16 points and nine rebounds at the time. Thomas had 11 points.