After sharp elbows and heated words were exchanged between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, the two not only had to be separated during the game, but even after the game. Carmelo told KG that he would wait for him after the game was over and wait he did.
Sources say that after the game was over, Melo was outside of the Celtics locker room screaming and absolutely livid. He then exited the building where the visiting teams usually ext and waited for KG to come out. After fellow teammate, Tyson Chandler, failed to restrain him inside the building, security had to restrain Melo outside of the building.
Comcast Sports Net New England has footage of Melo waiting by the Celtics bus.
When Garnett was asked about the altercation he said, “No, no, man. Just basketball. Just basketball. Listen, heat of the battle, man, guys throw back and forth. 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.”
Celtics head coach, Doc Rivers and Amar’e Stoudemire – a teammate of Melo’s – said that it was just basketball as well.. But if Melo and KG were just playing basketball, why was their version of basketball continuing even after the game was over? A basketball games ends when one team wins on the court; it doesn't continue when players step off the court.