Miami’s James Jones ejected for flagrant-2

Heat reserve James Jones has been ejected from Thursday night’s

Miami-Chicago game after committing a flagrant foul against the

Bulls’ Joakim Noah.

The hit came with 6:05 left in the first half. Chicago’s Luol

Deng missed a 3-pointer, and Jones stretched out both arms while

trying to move Noah out of the way for a rebound. Replays showed

Jones made contact around Noah’s head.

After conferring, referees quickly motioned that the flagrant

was a penalty-2, which carries with it an automatic ejection. After

reviewing the play, referee Mike Callahan confirmed that the

flagrant merited the more severe designation.

Jones quietly walked off the court, shaking his head slightly.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who sat on the scorers’ table while

referees reviewed the play, shouted ”What?” in disbelief, and

Noah clapped his hands in time with a chant from the stands.

It was the second flagrant foul and first ejection of Jones’

nine-year career, according to STATS LLC.

Including his three scoreless minutes Thursday, Jones is

averaging 3.2 points in 47 games this season.