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Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett on-court battle lasts beyond game

January 08, 2013|By Chuck Schilken

Carmelo Anthony said Tuesday that he “allowed some negativity to come into my circle” when some on-court incidents with Kevin Garnett carry over after the Monday night's game between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.

Still, Anthony stresses he wasn't seeking a physical confrontation with Garnett when he was shouting outside the Celtics' locker room after the game and later waiting by Boston's team bus.

He says he simply wanted to talk with Garnett about what happened on the floor, where they exchanged words and engaged in a lot of pushing and shoving during the second half of the Knicks' 102-96 loss at Madison Square Garden.

“I wanted to talk to KG," Anthony said Tuesday. "I think it was something we both needed to get off our chest and see what really the problem was. No altercations, it was just some words and a conversation that we needed to have.”

Both players received technical fouls with 9:03 remaining in the game after some physical play was followed by jawing back and forth. The NBA is investigating video of what happened after the game, meaning Anthony could be facing a suspension.

Even though he admits both players lost their cool, Anthony said nothing occurred worthy of a suspension. And he implied that he and Garnett have since ironed out their differences.

“There's certain things that you just don't say to men, another man,” Anthony said. “I felt like we crossed a line, but like I said, we both had 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 was handled.”

He added: “It's over with for me. Whatever happened last night, happened. The words that was being said between me and Garnett, it happened, can't take that away. I lost my cool yesterday, I accept that, but there's just certain things that push certain people's buttons.”

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