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.