A heated exchange between Trail Blazers center-back Joseph Nurkich and Heat defender Tyler Herro became a physical condition in the fourth quarter of Miami’s win over Portland on Wednesday.
The situation escalated when Nurkich hit Herro in the final minute of the game and both players were sent off after consideration.
The scandal started after Nurkich made contact with Herro on the hard screen at the top of the key and knocked him to the floor. Herro quickly got up and ran towards Nurkich and pushed the Blazer’s big man from behind.
Nurkich’s shot mixed the two teams and pushed the two apart. The referees also sent the players back.
Herro finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He struggled on the field, scoring 5 to 23 and scoring 2 to 9 out of three.
Nurkich scored 14 points and 13 rebounds and ended up with two steals, one block and one assist in a 115-109 defeat.
The NBA has not yet responded to the incident or punished either player.
Heat guard Kyle Lowry was also sent off in the first half after two techniques.
Neither team had stars as Miami striker Jimmy Butler suffered an ankle injury and Portland keeper Damian Lillard suffered lower abdominal tendinopathy.
Portland (14-23) host Cleveland (21-17) on Friday. Heat (25-15) will play in Phoenix (29-8) on Saturday.