- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams ripped Washington Wizards point guard A.J. Price after the two got into a shoving match in the final minute of Brooklyn's 98-88 preseason victory on Monday night at the Barclays Center.
Price was assessed a flagrant foul for hacking Williams hard as he tried to finish a layup. The two then came together and exchanged words. Each was hit with a technical foul.
Williams said Price, who was raised and played his high school basketball on Long Island, kept saying, 'I'm home. I'm home.'"
"I hate when people just start talking for no reason," Williams said. "That's pretty much what he did.
"Maybe he had some boys in the crowd he wanted to impress while he can with the little minutes he's going to get this year.
"'It's my home now.' I told him that."
Price, 26, holds career averages of 6.0 points and 2.0 assists in 14.9 minutes during his three-year career.
"Miscommunication," said Price. "In the heat of the moment, guys say things all the time and one thing led to another, but all in all, it's part of the game."
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