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Portis tossed early in Bucks' Game 4 loss after skirmish

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis received two technical fouls and was ejected following a skirmish with Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard midway through Game 4's first quarter Sunday.

Portis and Nembhard became entangled under the basket while vying for a rebound. The referees first issued Portis a technical for pushing Nembhard in the chest before giving him a second technical for striking the Pacers guard.

The Bucks forward missed the rest of the encounter, logging just seven minutes in Milwaukee's 126-113 loss to Indiana.

Nembhard also got a technical for his part in the altercation.

Both teams had been called for one technical each in separate taunting incidents earlier in the contest.

Refs punished Pacers forward Pascal Siakam for staring down Portis after a dunk.

A few possessions later, Bucks guard Patrick Beverly received a technical foul after making a "too small" gesture directed at Nembhard.

The Bucks were already playing Sunday without Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard due to injuries.

Indiana leads the series 3-1 and can secure a spot in the second round for the first time since 2014 with a win in Game 5 Tuesday in Milwaukee.

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