WATCH: Patty Mills fights with Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson leading to technical fouls, ejection

Mills and Rudy Gay receive technicals, Indiana’s JaKarr Sampson ejected

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SAN ANTONIO – Patty Mills, one of the most easy-going Spurs players in history, was involved in a heated scuffle that led to multiple technical fouls and an ejection during San Antonio’s win over Indiana on Monday night.

The incident occurred in the fourth quarter when Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson shoved Mills on the back of the head while the two were positioning themselves for a rebound while Indiana was on offense.

On the ensuing play, Mills ran down the court and threw a shoulder into Sampson’s body. The 6-foot-7 Sampson shoved Mills again and appeared to head butt the 6-foot-1 veteran Spurs guard.

Mills, however, did not back down and teammates rushed over to stop the scuffle. Spurs forward Rudy Gay then got into a shoving match with Sampson before everyone was separated.

Officials ejected Sampson from the game and assessed technical fouls to Mills and Gay.

Afterward, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked about the incident, saying he could not remember any time when Mills was involved in a similar scenario.

“He’s too sweet, too nice a guy. He’s not looking for a fight,” Popovich said.

Spurs guard Derrick White said the entire incident was “crazy” and he was doing what he could to hold back Gay from going after Sampson.

“I’m not sure how it started. But obviously, we know Patty, one of the nicest guys in the league,” said White. “I don’t know how it started. But we’ve always got Pat’s back.”

Fans also shared a similar reaction and came to the defense of Mills, saying on social media, “Who starts a fight with the most likable guy on the Spurs— Patty Mills.”

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