On Friday, with five seconds remaining in the game, Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul missed a layup against the New Orleans Pelicans with the scoreboard reading 126-117.
Larry Nance Jr. retrieved the offensive rebound and gave it to Zion Williamson, who instead of running out the time made a statement with a 360 windmill.
Paul approached the Pelicans bench to express his unhappiness with a group to whom he is connected, such as head coach Willie Green. At that point, New Orleans player Jose Alvarado responded to Paul, and although Green intervened to keep the two guards apart, both benches came over for a scuffle.
Suns associate head coach Kevin Young addressed Green, and at this stage, players are eager to demonstrate that they will not back down from any conflict.
New Orleans wing Naji Marshall was among them, eager to address the Suns and lightly shove Phoenix centre Jock Landale when Landale got in his face.
The final phase of a kerfuffle consisted of the peacekeepers performing their duties. Jonas Valanciunas and Larry Nance Jr. ensured that the rest of their Pelicans colleagues did not approach any Suns players, while others, such as Suns guard Cam Payne, maintained the dialogue at a distance.
Monty Williams, the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, was irritated that everyone was still on the court, and he directed his entire team off the court while grabbing Paul. As the two players proceeded off the court, Alvarado continued to argue with them, causing them to hesitate for a moment or two before leaving the court.
Williamson's bulletin board content for the Suns will be instantly useful for Phoenix. On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. local time in New Orleans, the two teams meet again. You can hear this tip-off on Arizona Sports 98.7.