Down
enlarge shrink
Watch: Kevin Garnett blows on David West's face
0:47 | NBA
Watch: Kevin Garnett blows on David West's face
Sunday December 28th, 2014

Kevin Garnett baited David West into a technical foul on Saturday using the "ear-blowing" tactic made famous by Lance Stephenson during the 2014 playoffs.

Midway through the first quarter against the Pacers at the Barclays Center, Garnett was whistled for a foul while defending West on the perimeter. As the two teams prepared for play to resume, Garnett approached West, leaning in to blow air into his right ear and the side of his face. West, a rugged and no-nonsense power forward, looked away and shoved Garnett with both hands in the chest. Garnett sold the contact by leaning back and throwing his hands up. 

GOLLIVER: Knicks' Quincy Acy ejected for foul on Wizards' John Wall

Of course, the game officials penalized West's response with a technical foul while Garnett escaped punishment for instigating the exchange.

Garnett, 38, is averaging 7.5 points and 7.9 rebounds in what could be his final NBA season. The future Hall of Famer has a long history of on-court antics, including a 2008 Celtics-Blazers game that saw him get down on his knees and barked like a dog at Jerryd Bayless. Garnett's most famous recent incident saw Carmelo Anthony confront him by Boston's team bus following some heated trash-talking during a 2013 Celtics-Knicks game. 

MAHONEY: Trading their stars won't be easy for the veteran Nets

Stephenson, then a member of the Pacers, made headlines during the Eastern Conference Finals when he blew in LeBron James' ear during Indiana's Game 5 win over Miami. The act drew significant criticism and Pacers president Larry Bird admitted he was "bothered" by Stephenson's hijinks. The Heat went on to beat the Pacers in seven games and Stephenson signed with the Hornets in free agency.

Video via YouTube user TheBrooklynGame

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.