The game was out of control, so naturally the scene was ripe for weird stuff to happen.
Kevin Garnett and Joakim Noah kept talking trash at each other during the Bulls' 102-84 victory over the Nets at Barclays Center Sunday. During a stoppage in play in the second half, Garnett made it look as if he were going to bite the Bulls' center on the hand.
A video of the incident ended up on Twitter. In it, Garnett is bent over and Noah puts his left hand on Garnett's shoulder while he looks back for the ball. Noah's right hand comes up underneath and appears to graze Garnett's nose. Garnett bares his teeth and pretends to chomp on Noah's right hand -- all while Noah is looking away, apparently unaware of what Garnett was doing.
Afterward, Noah (three points, 10 rebounds) appeared amused by the incident.
"Kevin Garnett tried to bite me," he said in the Bulls' locker room. "That's crazy. I'm happy he didn't connect."
Garnett (seven points, seven rebounds) insisted he was only joking. "I know how to bite somebody," he said. "Obviously, I was messing around in that moment. It wasn't serious. I'm not worried about that. If I wanted to bite him, I would've just done it. Shout-out to Mike Tyson."
Garnett said that sort of stuff just happens and that he has respect for Noah as a player.
"He's a competitor, I'm a competitor," Garnett said. "We're banging. That's what it is. Every time we've played, it's always something. But I respect the guy. I respect the Bulls, everybody over there."
Had Garnett actually bitten Noah, he would have joined Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez, who was suspended for biting an opponent during this past summer's World Cup in a game against Italy.
Noah always seems to enjoy playing against the Nets. Two seasons ago, he celebrated wildly on the court after the Derrick Rose-less Bulls beat the Nets in Game 7 of the teams' first-round playoff series at Barclays Center. Noah scored 24 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked six shots in that game.
Noah wrote off Garnett's actions as the result of frustration at losing the game.
"I have fun playing against him when we win," Noah said. "We've been doing some winning against him lately."