NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston's Paul Pierce and New York forward Quentin Richardson were ejected Monday after each picked up two technical fouls while jawing with each other during the third quarter.
The small forwards were talking for much of the period and were hit with double technicals with 3:07 remaining. The conversation started up again barely a minute later in front of referee Olandis Poole, who called the second technicals and immediately tossed both with 1:57 left.
An angry Richardson shouted back at Pierce for much of his walk to the tunnel.
Pierce finished with 10 points. Richardson was scoreless in 12 minutes.
Update: This win clinches the fact that Doc Rivers will coach the All Star game (an honor given to the coach with the best record at the break)