Chicago Bullscenter Robin Lopez was fined $25,000, and Thunder forward Jerami Grant was fined $20,000, both for escalating the quarrel in Oklahoma City's 121-96 home victory Monday night. Bulls guard Kris Dunn was fined $15,000 for instigating the incident by shoving Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
Felton and Schroder will sit out the Thunder's game Wednesday night at theSacramento Kings.The suspensions will cost Schroder $182,353 and Felton $29,194.
The incident started in the third quarter, when Westbrook and Dunn traded contact, and Dunn followed with a shove. Grant then ran over and confronted Dunn, and Lopez and fellow Bulls big manBobby Portisarrived to interject. Lopez then lightly head-butted Grant as they spilled into the first row of courtside seats, and Grant pulled Lopez down on top of some fans.
Bulls coach Jim Boylen ran across the court, grabbed Grant around the neck and pulled him away. Thunder assistant coach Dave Bliss stepped in front of Lopez and separated him from the scuffle as Lopez struggled to gain ground while pointing his finger and unleashing a scowl toward Grant andSteven Adams.
It was an unusual scene with the potential to intensify into a bad situation. Lopez was highly agitated and aggressively going after Grant, all while standing right in front of the first row of fans.
"It felt like I got twisted and flipped a little by someone by that bench there," Lopez said. "I don't know. After that, something happened."
There were two technical fouls assessed to each side after the tussle -- to Westbrook, Grant, Dunn and Lopez.
"Man," Westbrook said when asked if he was surprised to receive a technical. "Next question."
Boylen, who recently took over for Fred Hoiberg and made headlines with his practice approach and objective to reset the Bulls' culture, said he liked to see his team not back down.
"That's all we've been talking about, is fighting for each other, and we talk about being a pack of wolves, man," Boylen said. "I thought we had some of that. I liked the look in our guys' eyes when that happened. It bonded them a little bit. That's what we've been talking about. Those things are going to come up again. It happens in the league. I think we'll be ready for it next time to handle it even better."
Lopez was ejected a few minutes later after being called for a foul and picking up his second technical for rolling the ball at Grant, who had been knocked down.
"He needed the ball to shoot the free throws," Lopez said. "I thought the refs had done enough, and I wanted to alleviate some of their work. They had an abnormally large workload for the first half of that quarter, and I wanted to help them out, ease their pain a little bit, ease their burden. And I guess not everyone saw it the same way."
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN's Royce Young was used in this report.
Westbrook shoves Dunn; scrum ensues
Russell Westbrook shoves Kris Dunn, who shoves back. Jerami Grant gets involved, which leads Robin Lopez to become very angry.