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Despite being significantly shorter than JaKarr Sampson, Australian basketball player Patty Mills refused to back down as the duo locked horns during San Antonio's 109-94 victory over Indiana.
In fact, Mills didn't even appear to flinch at all.
JaKarr Sampson picked a fight with Patty Mills, a swell guy 7 inches shorter than him- Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) April 20, 2021
Rudy Gay was ready to deliver swift justicepic.twitter.com/OQtrUaZ7B8
An ugly confrontation erupted in the fourth quarter when the Spurs point guard attempted to box out Sampson during a play.
The box out looked like fair game at the time, but clearly not in the eyes of Sampson himself.
The Pacers big man took exception to the block and shoved Mills for good measure.
But the Aussie wasn't having a bar of it and charged down the other end of the court to give Sampson the same treatment.
"I'm not exactly sure how all that got started. Patty is one of the nicest guys in the league obviously. We all got Patty's back".- Bally Sports San Antonio (@BallySportsSA) April 20, 2021
- Derrick White on the Patty Mills and JaKarr Sampson scuffle pic.twitter.com/wJm697nnFM
A bit of push-and-shove ensued as 6-foot-7-inch Sampson stood over Mills.
At a mere six foot himself, Mills simply looked up and stared straight back at Sampson who was towering over him.
It wasn't long before the Spurs players including Rudy Gay jumped in to the defence of their teammate and the melee was eventually defused.
But looking back at the replays, it's safe to say Mills certainly didn't back down from the fight.
"I tell you what, Patty Mills did not take a step backwards," the Indiana Pacers commentator said.
"And now JaKarr at this point just needs to calm down. Calm down!"
Pics of the @Patty_Mills scuffle with Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson last night. Patty is listed between 6'0 and 6'1, Sampson is 6'7. Mills never backed down and Rudy Gay came in quick to back Mills up. (:camera_with_flash: @AP's Michael Conroy.) #GoSpursGo #Spurs #NBA pic.twitter.com/fhzHvNdU75- RJ Marquez (@KSATRJ) April 20, 2021
Fans and basketball experts were quick to react to the moment on social media too.
One tweeted: "JaKarr Sampson wanted to fight Patty Mills. Patty Mills laughed in his face. Legend."
While another added: "Mills didn't even move... nice little shoulder bump."
Well, it's pretty obvious who came out of that scenario looking like the tougher man.
Lesson learned from today: Don't mess with Patty Mills.
JaKarr Sampson wanted to fight Patty Mills- Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) April 20, 2021
Patty Mills laughed in his face :joy:
:camera_with_flash:: AP's Michael Conroy pic.twitter.com/N2c4r1QBtL
Jakarr Sampson just got so mad at PATTY MILLS over a hard bump(after he shoved him), shoved him hard and got so in his face he made physical contact- Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) April 20, 2021
Rudy Gay looked ready to throw hands, Sampson was removed from the situation and ejected.
No Spur left the bench
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