Exchange of elbows prompts consequences
Peeler had also elbowed Garnett on the previous possession, then Garnett stuck his elbow into Peeler's chest when the Kings came down on offense late in the third quarter.
Garnett was still grimacing from the previous hit when Peeler struck him again and immediately got thrown out.
Peeler and Garnett have been sparring all series.
Garnett also received a technical and went to the bench with 13.5 seconds left in the period.
The fans at Arco Arena then started throwing glow sticks used for pregame festivities onto the court.
Vlade Divac lightly shoved a Minnesota assistant coach during the scuffle but was quickly pushed away.
Peeler got a hug from Divac, then waved at his bench before leaving the court with 13:5 left in the third.
The first elbow thrown by Peeler was similar to the hit teammate Brad Miller took in the midsection in a collision with Minnesota guard Darrick Martin in Friday's Game 6. Martin fell, and as he lay face-down on the floor, Miller pushed him hard in the back. Both players were tossed.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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