Forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks said Tuesday he lost his cool after Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics said things to him he feels shouldn't be said to "another man" during a game Monday.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks said Tuesday he lost his cool after Kevin Garnett said things to him he feels shouldn’t be said to “another man.”
Anthony said he sought out Garnett after the Knicks’ 102-96 loss to visiting Boston on Monday night so they could discuss the matter. Anthony would not elaborate on what was said.
Anthony went toward the Celtics’ locker room and also waited for Garnett outside the team bus. He said they have spoken and sorted out the issue.
“There’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said. “I felt like we crossed a line, but like I said, we both had an understanding right now, we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors, so that situation was handled.”
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The All-Stars exchanged words during the game, and Anthony was affected. He shot 6 of 26, seeming at times in the second half to be most concerned with pushing and shoving Garnett, and acknowledged Tuesday he “allowed some negativity to come into my circle.”
The NBA is investigating and has video evidence. It could decide to penalize Anthony, who said he shouldn’t be suspended.
“Nothing happened for me to be suspended,” he said. “I wanted to talk to KG. I think it was something we both needed to get off our chest and see what really the problem was.”
Anthony and Garnett had both received technical fouls with 9:03 remaining in the game.
“I lost my cool yesterday, I accept that, but there’s just certain things that push certain people’s buttons,” Anthony said.
Police question Blatche
Forward-center Andray Blatche of the Brooklyn Nets was questioned by police after a 21-year-old woman claimed she was sexually assaulted in a Philadelphia hotel suite where Blatche was present.
Blatche, 26, was questioned by police as a witness, but he was not being accused of any wrongdoing.
“From all accounts, he was not personally involved in any kind of assault or anything like that,” said the police commissioner, Charles H. Ramsey, who added, “He was there, but he was not involved.”
The Nets beat host Philadelphia 109-89 Tuesday.
• Paul George had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and host Indiana held defending champion Miami to a season-low point total in an 87-77 victory over the Heat.
• Brandon Jennings scored 29 points and the Milwaukee Bucks gave new coach Jim Boylan a victory with a 108-99 decision over visiting Phoenix.
The Bucks parted ways with coach Scott Skiles in what was called a mutual decision. Skiles, 48, had a 162-182 record in four-plus seasons with Milwaukee.
• James Harden scored 31 points as host Houston beat the Los Angeles Lakers 125-112 to extend its winning streak to five. The Lakers have lost four straight.
• Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $50,000 by the league for publicly criticizing the officiating in Saturday’s 99-96 overtime loss to New Orleans. The comments were on his Twitter page.