Nene added 18 points and Jan Vesely scored 16 as Washington romped past hapless Charlotte to its fourth straight win.
Charlotte fell to 7-57, and should the Bobcats also lose their final two contests they would set an NBA record for the lowest team winning percentage in a season.
The incident came eight days after Thomas was involved in an altercation with head Coach Paul Silas following a Bobcats loss to Boston.
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