OAKLAND, Calif. — Tempers flared with three minutes left in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals as Golden State Warriors forward David West and Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson had to be separated by teammates.
The incident occurred when West was fighting for a rebound with Kyrie Irving. As West gained control of the ball, he began swinging his elbows wildly in the direction of Irving.
The faces of West and Thompson were nose-to-nose during the heated altercation.
After officials reviewed the incident, West, Smith and Thompson were assessed technical fouls.
Stephen Curry shot the technical free throw, putting the Warriors up 61-45 and capping a 22-2 run.
The Warriors lead the series 3-1.