Saying that the play during the first half of Game 2 between the Heat and the Bulls was a bit chippy would be a severe understatement.
Miami seemed to want to come out with more of a tough-guy persona after dropping Game 1, and the Bulls were more than happy to engage in a physical and testy battle, given their own reputation of not backing down from anyone no matter who is in the lineup.
One such battle, seen in the video clip above, resulted in a double technical foul called on both LeBron James and Joakim Noah.
Noah gets things started by needlessly wrapping up James after the play has already been whistled dead, and James escalates things by briefly losing his temper and shoving Noah with his right elbow to gain separation.
All in all, there were 28 personal fouls, five technical fouls, and a flagrant foul called in the game’s first 24 minutes. The Heat were comfortably in control at halftime with a lead of 55-41, thanks to 19 first half points from James.
[via Larry Brown Sports]