-- NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett did his best Lance Stephenson impression, blowing in David West's ear and drawing a technical foul on the Indiana Pacers power forward in the first quarter of Saturday night's game at Barclays Center.
Garnett fouled West, then got in his face and blew in his ear, causing West to push him. The two continued jawing and had to be separated by the officials.
"I didn't like that. I didn't like it," West said after the Pacers' 110-85 rout of the Nets. "I just know it was too close and I didn't like it. It was just too much. I don't really play them games. We're out there to play basketball, so let's play basketball.
"Everybody was kinda looking at me trying to figure out what made me push him or whatever, but he blew in my face, an aggressive blow at that. I think Lance's was more sensual, you know? That was an aggressive one."
Garnett did not address the media after the game.
This is not the first time Garnett has pulled shenanigans on the court this season in an effort to get under an opponent's skin. In late November, the 38-year-old veteran tried to bite Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah. Garnett later said he was just kidding around.
Stephenson became a sensation for blowing in LeBron James' ear during last season's Eastern Conference finals. The incident quickly went viral, and an image of it became a meme.