The Raptors and Pacers exchanged words near the end of Indiana's 108-90 victory, leading to several technical fouls.
And the comments didn't end there.
The Raptors didn't appreciate a score by Pacers guard Lance Stephenson in the final seconds with the Pacers leadingby 15. After Stephenson dribbled down the courtfor an uncontested layup with 3.3 seconds remaining— virtually everyone else was standing at the other end of the court, thinking the clock would run out —he was met by severalRaptors who apparently let him know what they thought of the move. Both teams then converged on the court, and officials had to drag several players away from the disturbance.
After the game,DeRozan told reporters (via ESPN) the play was "disrespectful to the game." Tucker called the play "classless'' and "tasteless."
Pacers star Paul Georgeaddressed the play — and ensuingskirmish — during an on-court postgame interview, conceding that his teammate was in the wrong.
"Lance knows better," he said. "That's, like, a cardinal rule to not lay the ball up when you're up. But he did it. It's the reason why Lance is Lance."
Stephenson apologized afterward.
"I didn't mean no harm,'' he said. "The crowd was chanting me on, and I just wanted to do it for the fans.''
Officials whistled Raptors guardDeMar DeRozan for a technical foul, and then hit Stephenson and Toronto forward PJ Tucker with double technicals.
George hit a technical free throw to make final margin 108-90, as both coaches emptied their benches for the final threeseconds.