Emotions were high Friday night at Madison Square Garden, as Carmelo Anthony, Mike Woodson, Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah were all ejected from the Chicago Bulls' 110-106 win over the New York Knicks.
The flurry of toss-outs came late in the fourth quarter after Chicago had all but wrapped up the victory.
The first to go was Melo, who was hit with a technical before being ejected. Next up was Woodson, the Knicks head coach who had clearly become frustrated with the officiating.
But the main event came in the form of a scrap between Chandler and Noah. Chandler, who was virtually nonexistent for most of the game, threw multiple elbows at Noah, who responded with an attempted headbutt.
Noah didn't connect on his retaliation, but he was promptly ejected as the MSG crowd showered him with boos.
Woodson, Melo, Chandler and Noah all ejected. It's almost WWE time here at MSG.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 22, 2012
Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago added that both centers could be suspended for the incident.
Noah and Chandler could both be looking at a suspension. Chandler for the elbows. Noah for the headbutt miss.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) December 22, 2012
Before the ejections, Chandler had just five points and eight rebounds, while Noah had 15 points, 12 boards and six assists. Anthony led all Knicks with 29 points, but he finished with a plus/minus of minus-14.
J.R. Smith was also missing from the end of the game, as he fouled out after putting up 26 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes.