Bulls center Nazr Mohammed was ejected after shoving Heat forward LeBron James to the court during the second quarter of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinals series on Friday night.
Mohammed fouled James to prevent an open-court opportunity. Referee Joey Crawford then hit James with a technical foul for his reaction to the foul, which involved a spinning swing that wound up sending Mohammed to the ground. Mohammed then retaliated by shoving James in the chest with two arms, knocking him to the ground. Mohammed was ejected for his action.
"We're here to play a basketball game, and try to win a basketball game," James said during a televised halftime interview. "All the extracurricular is not even really needed. But if it's here, we accept the challenge."
Earlier in the game, Joakim Noah received a technical foul for shoving Chris "The Birdman" Andersen.
James finished with a game-high 25 points (on six-for-17 shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 44 minutes. He had 12 fourth-quarter points to seal the 104-94 road win. Following the game, the Bulls accused James of a "flop" and "acting" on the sequence.
The Heat now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is set for Monday night in Miami.