AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton and Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas were ejected with two technical fouls while play was stopped with 8:12 left in Wednesday night's game.
Official Joe Crawford called the first technical on both players after they had to be separated.
"What are we doing?" Bulls coach Scott Skiles asked during a delay.
"Don't tell me what to do!" Crawford replied.
"I'm not," Skiles said. "I'm asking what are we doing."
Before play resumed, Hamilton and Thomas exchanged more heated words and Crawford called another technical on each of them.
While walking off the court, both players had to be separated again before walking toward their locker rooms.