Nets star Kevin Durant and Milwaukee Bucks big man PJ Tucker were both assessed technical fouls for bumping chests and jawing at each other during a nasty confrontation on Thursday night.
Tempers flared in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup when Durant and Tucker got tangled up when Durant, coming off a screen, was driving to the basket. Tucker, known as one of the league's most rugged and versatile defenders, had been assigned to Durant for much of the night in what was a virtual must-win game for the Bucks. His persistent harassment seemed to frustrate Durant at times.
Players from both teams intervened to separate Durant and Tucker during their showdown, as did a security guard who appeared to inadvertently shove an unwitting Tucker. Both players were quickly hit with technicals.
Bucks fans at Fiserv Forum rained down some choice words on Durant after the episode, according to ESPN reporter Malika Andrews.
Basketball watchers on social media were quick to point out both Durant and Tucker starred with the Texas Longhorns, though they weren't teammates. Tucker's final season in Austin preceded Durant's lone year there in 2007.
Tucker, 36, played the past several seasons with James Harden in Houston, and joined Milwaukee in a midseason deal as part of the same teardown that saw Harden shipped to Brooklyn. Harden sat for Game 3 due to a hamstring injury.