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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Williams, Johnson ejected Wednesday night

By Mike Mazzeo

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams and coach Avery Johnson were both ejected in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.

It is unclear why, but it appeared that Williams was upset after not getting a foul call on a drive to the basket in the period. He began yapping with the officials with 5:18 left. He picked up one technical, walked back to the bench, turned around and picked up another. Johnson became engaged after that, and was also shown the gate.

The Nets (15-32) were trailing 72-64 at the time of Williams’ ejection. Jordan Crawford hit the ensuing free throws to push the Wizards’ lead to 10, and Johnson got thrown out after that.

It’s Williams’ second career ejection -- both have come this season. For Johnson, it’s his second ejection since he became coach of the Nets. His other one came on Feb. 2, 2011 against Philadelphia