Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks and Rick Mahorn of the New Jersey Nets were both ejected from the nationally televised Knicks-Nets game Sunday afternoon late in the second quarter for a minor altercation.

The bad blood started when Mahorn threw an elbow that sent Ewing to the floor after a basket by New York's Derek Harper. A short time later, Ewing walked toward Mahorn, pointing his finger and yelling.After Mahorn yelled back, Ewing stretched his left hand and grabbed Mahorn around the throat. Mahorn then pushed Ewing.

Referee Bob Delaney immediately ejected both players.

Ewing was still a little angry when interviewed on television during the third quarter, hinting that the Nets were deliberately trying to get him out of the game. He downplayed the pushing and shoving incident.

"If I was going to do anything, I would have punched him," Ewing said after being ejected for the fifth time in his career.

Mahorn denied New Jersey was trying to get Ewing out of the game. He also tried to live up to his tough guy image when asked about Ewing's statement.

"Patrick wouldn't take a punch at me," said Mahorn. "I'd find out where he lives and I'd be waiting at his door."