Toronto's Serge Ibaka and Chicago's Robin Lopez were involved in the fight after Ibaka elbowed his opponent's lower back.
Lopez and Ibaka were ejected after a review of the play, while Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic and the Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire received offsetting technical fouls after getting into a shoving match following the brawl.
Ibaka saw things differently. But when it was over, he admitted that he had gotten wind of what happened with Robin during the Bulls/Raptors game. The Bulls star matched him with 37 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The Bulls sit one game behind the Detroit Pistons and the Miami Heat in the eighth spot and 1 1/2 game back of seventh-place Milwaukee with 12 left in the regular season.
The NBA could suspend both players for the altercation. This time, it will surely be $50,000 plus games.
Shots like these haven't been seen in the National Basketball Association for quite some time and both players were immediately tossed from the game and will likely be hearing from the league office about further punishment.
Though the scrap is nothing to be celebrated, it seemed to unify the Raptors both on the court and off of it afterward.
"I'm expecting to be suspended". A couple of minutes earlier, Lucas Nogueira had been screaming out: "What's up Mike Tyson".
Lopez, a 7-footer, took the first swing in the melee that erupted after Jimmy Butler had drained a three-point shot that provided Chicago with a commanding 16-point lead.
When told that Robin threw the first punch, Brook said, "He always does, though!" "He's messed up like that, man". "And I was just trying to get him off me".
Tucker's impact on this team has been massive.
It was the first time since March 3 at Washington that Toronto had hit double-digits in 3-pointers, a span of seven games.
Two years prior to that, the Pistons and Pacers were involved in a large brawl involving players and local Detroit fans on November 2004.
Not that his teammates blamed him. "You've got guys that are competitive, that want to win". Peer pressure is a great, motivating tool in this league.
"I felt that we played some of our best basketball of the season to build that lead", Hoiberg said. Well, luckily Jared Sullinger left his trusty scooter behind.