Things became extremely heated between Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard early in the Rockets-Nets tilt Monday night.

KG was booted out of the game in the first quarter after headbutting Howard during a first quarter scuffle.

Garnett can likely expect a call from the League office sometime today.

Per Newsday:

The two became angry at each other during a brief altercation with 7:53 remaining in the quarter, with Garnett head-butting Howard and getting ejected. […] But after James Harden’s 30 points and six assists helped the Rockets hand the Nets their season-high sixth straight loss, 113-99, Howard’s frown gave way to another expression — a devilish grin that would’ve made the Cheshire Cat jealous.

 

“Kevin’s a passionate player,” said Mason Plumlee, who led the Nets (16-22) with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10-for-11 shooting. “He’s always on edge and that’s what’s made him great. The whole thing to me was something out of nothing. But after that, it’d be good to come out and get a win … Those are the kind of games as a team you want to win, and we didn’t do that.”

 

“I don’t know,” Howard said when asked how the scuffle began. “It doesn’t matter. We won the game. That’s all that matters.” […] But how did that head butt feel? […] “I don’t know,” Howard said. “Maybe you should try MMA to see how it feels.”