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Tempers Flare in Game 6, NBA to Review

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Sunday, Jun 12, 2011  |  Updated 9:37 PM CDT
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It's the most pivotal game in the best of seven series, and if you weren't sure all you needed to do was watch the pushing and shoving that happened in the second quarter of Game 6.

It started at 6:25 left in the second, after the Heat scored on an 11-0 run and took the lead. The Heat called a timeout and Udonis Haslem walked in front of DeShawn Stevenson on the way to the bench.

Stevenson took the bait and shoved Haslem away. Mario Chalmers then came in from behind and the pushing and shoving was underway.

A lot of players were on the floor, and after a review of the video, referees handed out technical fouls to Stevenson, Haslem and Chalmers.

Dallas with one technical and Miami with two meant the Mavs got one free throw, which Dirk Nowitzki made.
 
The NBA says it will review further the altercation between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter of Game 6 after some players from the bench were on the floor.

Players leaving the bench during an altercation are subject to an automatic one-game fine, but no players were thrown out Sunday night because the incident came during a timeout, when players had already left the bench area.

"A player will not automatically be suspended for leaving the bench if he has already left the bench because a timeout was called," league spokesman Tim Frank says in a statement. "However, we need to review the circumstances of this particular incident, which we will do, after the game."

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