BOSTON — The outcome in Boston's 99-89 win over Sacramento seemed all but decided when the first dust-up of the night came with 5:11 to play.
Not only did it not involve the Kings' volatile DeMarcus Cousins, but the incident involved Cousins playing the role of peacekeeper.
The incident in question involved Boston's Jerryd Bayless and Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas.
Both sprawled to the floor in the fourth when Thomas was whistled for a foul. As he was getting to his feet with Bayless still on the ground, it appears there were some heated words exchanged and within seconds, both players were being separated.
Officials hit both players with a technical foul for their roles in the incident.
"It happens. It's part of the game. It's just part of the game," Bayless said.
Maybe so, but there's clearly more to it between these two who were once AAU teammates.
While Bayless appears ready to move on from the incident and put it in the past, it's clear that Thomas holds some serious ill-will towards the Celtics guard.
"I don't like him," Thomas said of Bayless. "End of story."