Indiana Pacers forward David West compared Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett blowing into his ear on Saturday night to when then-Pacers guard Lance Stephenson did the same thing to LeBron James during the 2014 playoffs.
After Garnett committed a foul on West and with play waiting to resume, he blew in West's ear and on the side of his face, prompting West to shove him and be whistled for a technical foul.
"I think Lance's was more sensual. That was an aggressive one", West said after the game. "I didn't like it. It was too much."
Stephenson's ear-blow was met with criticism by many, including Pacers president Larry Bird, who admitted he was "bothered" by it.
Indiana won Saturday's game over Brooklyn, 110-85.
- Molly Geary