Kyle Lowry: 'I Was Back There' After Ben Simmons' Offer to Meet Him in Hallway

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 15: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers argues with Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors in the final moments of the game at the Wells Fargo Center on January 15, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 117-111. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry suggested Tuesday he was ready to tussle with Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons in the hallway after both players were ejected late in the Sixers' 117-111 win over the Raptors on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.

According to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet, Lowry said, "Put it this way: I was back there," regarding Simmons' reported invite to settle things in the hallway.

TSN's Josh Lewenberg reported Monday that Simmons appeared to ask Lowry to "continue their 'conversation' in the tunnel" as they were being tossed with 6.5 seconds to go.

There was reportedly no confrontation between Lowry and Simmons during the aftermath, however.

Per ESPN.com, Simmons noted nothing happened after the game: "I just went to the locker room. Nobody was back there. ... I don't know where he's at."

Regarding the spat, the 21-year-old Simmons seemingly wondered if Lowry was trying to take liberties with him since he's a young player: "I'm not going to take no s--t from anybody. I don't know if they're trying to test me or see how I am on the court, but I won't play around."

When asked what led to the on-court issue, Lowry said: "I don't know. I guess he thinks he's somebody."

Center Joel Embiid led the way with 34 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, while Simmons finished with 12 points, four assists, two steals, two blocks and one rebound in the win.

Lowry registered 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The loss marked Toronto's third in four games after it previously won five in a row and 11 of 13. The Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference at 29-13.

Philadelphia has won five of its past six games and is just one game out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at 20-20.

Related

    Stoudemire Drops 10 Pts in Ghost Ballers Loss

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Stoudemire Drops 10 Pts in Ghost Ballers Loss

    Timothy Rapp
    via Bleacher Report

    Did the Sixers Win the Kawhi Trade?

    Philadelphia 76ers logo
    Philadelphia 76ers

    Did the Sixers Win the Kawhi Trade?

    The Sixer Sense
    via The Sixer Sense

    Sixers would be wise to trade for Kyle Korver

    Philadelphia 76ers logo
    Philadelphia 76ers

    Sixers would be wise to trade for Kyle Korver

    FanSided
    via FanSided

    Report: Beasley Signs with Lakers on 1-Yr Deal

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Report: Beasley Signs with Lakers on 1-Yr Deal

    Tyler Conway
    via Bleacher Report