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Pacers’ David West ejected for elbowing Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 1: David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers reacts after being called for a foul against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 1, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers won 106-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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David West decided to deliver an unnecessary elbow to the head of Blake Griffin on Saturday, and though it seemed minor in real time, the referees determined that the act warranted a flagrant-two foul, which comes with it an automatic ejection.

Anytime something like this goes own, it’s likely the result of a physical buildup that’s taken place between the two players to this point in the contest. Nevertheless, West’s not-so-subtle elbow here was completely unnecessary, and the referees likely did the right thing in removing him from the rest of the game’s activities.

The Pacers did just fine without him, and used a strong first half to finish with the 106-92 victory over an L.A. team that came into this one on a five-game winning streak.