"Why have him do something he's going to regret later,"
Wilkens said after the Raptors defeated Indiana 102-90
Friday night. "I have a lot of respect for him. We've known each
other a long time, and I just told him: 'We don't need that.'"
Peterson, Harrington and Thomas were ejected after a fight with
8:02 left in the fourth quarter. Harrington approached Peterson in
an aggressive manner after Peterson tripped up Harrington while
running downcourt on a fast break.
Peterson appeared to throw a punch and a shoving match ensued. A
livid Thomas ran onto the court and tried to get at Peterson, but
Wilkens held him back.
The ejections come just two days after Indiana's Ron Artest
received a four-game suspension for his run-in with Miami coach Pat
Riley last Monday night.
Thomas said he ran onto the court to tell the referee Peterson
committed a flagrant foul.
"Peterson was in the background and mouthed some words that I
can't say right now," said Thomas, who didn't believe he should be
fined or suspended. "Morris clearly took his foot and tripped Al
Harrington. We are the ones who are getting the cheap shots. What
the rest of the league is hearing from everyone else is that it is
OK to pound on the Pacers, and no, that's not OK."
Antonio Davis had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jerome Williams had
16 points and 10 rebounds and Vince Carter added 16 points in 26
minutes in his third game back after missing 23 with a strained
"Maybe they were just a little frustrated," Davis said. "I
think we were playing better than expected us to."
Peterson was adamant that the trip was accidental. He said
Harrington grabbed his jersey and pushed him.
"They have been known to be a bully team and we are not going
to back down from them," Peterson said. "They are trying to get
in the mode that Isiah had when he played for Detroit. I thought we
handled it well."
Brad Miller had 20 points for the Pacers, who have lost two
The Raptors began the fourth with a 11-4 run before the
ejections. Peterson's 3-pointer with 9:00 left gave Toronto a 80-68
lead. The Pacers never got closer than eight points the rest of the
"The altercation motivated us, but it was too big a hill to
climb," Indiana's Reggie Miller said.
Indiana shot 37 percent from the field, compared to 49 percent
Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the
first half. His two free throws gave Indiana a seven-point lead
with 4:42 left, but Carter made a reverse dunk, an alley-oop tip
and a free throw as Toronto finished the half with a 11-5 run to
cut the lead to one.
O'Neal had 17 points and 13 rebounds. ... Toronto
outrebounded Indiana 47-37. ... Toronto outscored Indiana 50-38 in