NBA roundup: Anthony, Garnett talk; Skiles, Bucks part waysBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Jan 8, 2013 7:30 PM EST
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. ---The Milwaukee Bucks announced that Scott Skiles is out as the team's head coach and assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Milwaukee is 16-16 this season and hosted the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. "Scott and I met yesterday after practice and after some honest discussion, we both came to the conclusion that it was best to part ways," general John Hammond said in team release. "It is never an easy decision to make, but in the end a decision we felt was best for both parties. I want to thank Scott for his hard work, dedication and the imprint he leaves on our team and our entire organization. We all wish him and his family well." Skiles was 162-182 in the regular season in four-plus years with Milwaukee. He took over in April 2008. ---Utah Jazz starting guard/forward Marvin Williams will miss at least three games with knee inflammation, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Williams will skip the team's three-game road trip to the Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons this week after having his knee treated.
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