What was mostly a shoving match broke out just after Tracy McGrady's 3-pointer put Houston ahead 74-55 with 27 seconds left in the quarter. Alston, apparently upset after Barnes knocked him back with his shoulder, shoved the Phoenix player.
Officials huddled and decided to eject Alston and Barnes with double technicals. McGrady, Nash and O'Neal all drew technical fouls, a result that was greeted by a chorus of boos from the irate crowd. The net result was a technical free throw for Houston. Yao Ming missed the shot.