Heat guard Mario Chalmers received a flagrant foul 1 for shoving Pacers guard C.J. Watson in transition during Indiana's 107-96 home victory over Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday. Watson crashed into the bottom of baseline press table following the foul.
With a little more than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Indiana leading 86-74, Watson pushed the ball up the court after a Chalmers miss. The two players began running side-by-side near mid-court, and they jockeyed a bit as Watson attempted to drive into the paint.
Watson tried to clear off Chalmers with his shoulder as he passed the free throw line, and Chalmers responded by shoving Watson with both of his hands as Watson jumped for a running layup. Watson crashed to the court and remained down for a bit, but he was uninjured.
The flagrant foul 1 designation applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary." All flagrant fouls are reviewed by the NBA league office to determine whether they merit an additional fine and/or suspension. Chalmers was allowed to remain in the game.
Games between these two Eastern Conference finals have been marked by physical play and confrontations in recent years. Chalmers' foul was the only flagrant assessed during Game 1.
Watson finished with 11 points (on 3-for-4 shooting) and four rebounds in 18 minutes. All five Pacers starters finished in double figures, with Paul George tallying 24 points (on 7-for-13 shooting), seven assists and four rebounds to lead the way.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 27 points (on 12-for-18 shooting) and four assists. LeBron James added 25 points (on 11-for-18 shooting), 10 rebounds and five assists in a losing effort.
The Pacers now hold a 1-0 series lead over the Heat. Game 2 is set for Indiana on Tuesday.
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