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Report: NYPD Has To Keep Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett Apart After Knicks-Celtics Game

Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony got into a scuffle on the hardwood during Monday night’s and it took the force of the NYPD to keep them apart when the game ended. During the game, Garnett masterfully got inside of Carmelo’s head, but he may have gone too far in, as after the duo received double technicals and the after the game ended, Melo wanted to continue their conversation from the court.

However while it looked like the usual jawing, even as Melo sprinted to the Celtics tunnel, no one thought it would continue to boil over well after the game ended. But whatever Garnett did to get inside Melo’s head stayed there and according to reports, Anthony shouted outside the Celtics locker room and waited for Garnett outside the Celtics team bus, schoolyard bully style.

But while this is of itself is outrageous, it didn’t end there. Multiple reports, from the New York Daily News to ESPN, indicated that Anthony went from the Celtics locker room to the Celtics team bus to wait for Garnett. It was at this point that the NYPD was called in to “defuse” the situation.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers refused to comment as to whether or not Anthony was outside the Celtics locker room calling for Garnett’s head on a stake.

“I’m going to let y’all figure that one out,” Rivers said. “I’m going to stay out of that. If it was the playoffs, I’d tell on him, but since it’s not, I’m going to just be quiet.”

Garnett was clearly having fun toying with the easily ruffled Anthony, but even he seemed to acknowledge that if Anthony wanted to fight like they were throwing down in the school yard, things had gone too far. Garnett attempted to defuse the situation after the game.

“Listen, heat of the battle, man, guys throw back and forth,” Garnett said of the on-court dust-up with Anthony. “He’s trying to get his team to go; I’m trying to get my team to go. Both teams are colliding. Not to mention that it’s the Knicks and the Celtics. Just what it is.”

Jared Sullinger tried to be the guy who defused the tension with humor.

“That’s testy? That’s testy?” Sullinger quipped after the game. “I’ve seen way worse stuff in the 80s and I wasn’t even born in the 80s. So, if that’s testy, I didn’t see it.”

Anthony wasn’t made available for the media following the game, but he’ll have plenty to talk about the next time he steps in front of a microphone. An interesting note, the Eastern Conference All-Star team could feature a frontcourt that features both Garnett and Melo. But before that happens, the Knicks and Celtics meet once again on January 24th, a game that mostly everyone has now circled — including Boston police.

The NBA will undoubtedly be looking into the incident.

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