Boston Celtics: Rick Carlisle
Carlisle clutched at his wrist and seemed to be motioning as if to suggest that Kevin Garnett should have been whistled for holding Dirk Nowitzki as the Mavericks tried to set up their offense.
An enraged Carlisle raced past halfcourt until he was practically next to the Celtics' bench before referees gave him a pair of technical fouls, leading to his ejection.
Boston led 45-42 with 10:33 to play at the time of Carlisle's disqualification. Ray Allen made both technical free throws to push that lead to five.
Carlisle is the second visiting coach to be tossed this season after Wizards helmsman Flip Saunders got ejected just 1:44 into a game last week.
Carlisle was part of the Celtics' 1986 title team (he averaged 2.6 points per game while appearing in 77 contests during the regular season and logged 54 playoff minutes). With a Dallas triumph in this year's Finals, Carlisle would become only the 11th person to win an NBA title as a player and coach.
What's more, he'll go down as one of the few to have worn the No. 34 jersey in Boston now that Paul Pierce has guaranteed it will head to the rafters once his playing days are over. The full list of No. 34s: Clyde Lovellette, 1964; Bevo Nordmann, 1965; Jim Ard, 1975-1978; Dennis Awtrey, 1979; Carlisle 1985-87; Kevin Gamble 1989-94; Xavier McDaniel 1995; Doug Smith 1996; Frank Brickowski 1997; Reggie Hanson 1998; Pierce 1999-present.
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