Video: Udonis Haslem gets ejected after getting into physical altercation with Dwight Howard

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Now that the Miami Heat have avoided the play-in tournament, they are aiming to finish with as high a seed as possible.

During their Thursday contest against the first-place Philadelphia 76ers, Udonis Haslem took exception to Dwight Howard’s physicality and got ejected.

This was Haslem’s first appearance in a game this season. The 17-year veteran has largely taken on the role of being almost an assistant coach, offering leadership and inspiration on the bench.

The incident seemed to spark Miami, as it opened up a huge lead afterward.

The Heat are currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and are tied with the sixth-place New York Knicks. Miami is only half a game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth spot in the East.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.