New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony cleared the air with the Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett after the two came close to an altercation during Monday night's game.
Anthony took issue with some of the things Garnett said to him when they were on the court Monday night. They were both called for technical fouls for jawing with each other another late in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 102-96 win.
After the game, a video posted by Comcast SportsNet New England showed Anthony, dressed in street clothes, waiting by the Celtics' team bus. The video shows several security members standing by him along with Knicks coach Mike Woodson. One of the security members gently put his hand on Anthony and the Knicks forward nudged it away.
The video cuts off as Woodson appears to be talking to Anthony, but the New York Daily News cited a source on the scene as saying Woodson ordered the player to leave peacefully.
Anthony, who was held to 20 points and clearly was frustrated by Garnett's physical play and trash talk, did not speak to the media for the first time this season.
Garnett said the players' on-court altercation was just about the "heat of the battle." Asked about any post-game incident, Garnett dismissed the question, saying, "No, man, just basketball, just basketball."
The two spoke by phone since then and have aired their differences. Anthony would not elaborate on the details of their conversation when speaking to reporters Tuesday.
"I think it was something that we both needed to get off our chests and see what really was the problem," Anthony said. "It wasn't no altercations, it was just some words and (a) conversation that we needed to have."
Garnett and Anthony got tangled up in the fourth quarter and were called for a technical foul after they confronted each other near midcourt. Anthony was bothered by something Garnett said to him.
"It's certain things that you just don't say to men, another man," Anthony said. "I felt that he crossed the line. Like I said, we're both at an understanding right now, we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors. So that situation is handled."
It is not clear if either player will face any discipline.
"Nothing happened for me to be suspended," Anthony said. "I just wanted to know what was being said, where was all that coming from. Whatever was being said on the basketball court, where was it coming from?"
Woodson would not comment on the off-the-court incident, but did discuss it privately with Anthony.
"The bottom line is we lost our composure last night and that can't happen," Woodson said. "It's my job to make sure that doesn't happen again and that players just worry about playing."
Garnett did not speak to reporters on Tuesday.