New York Knick forward Antonio Davis climbed into the stands out of concern for his wife and was ejected without further trouble Wednesday night during the Chicago Bulls' wild 106-104 overtime victory.
Ben Gordon made a game-winning jumper at the buzzer and scored 32 points for the Bulls, but Davis' dash over the scorer's table and into the stands during a timeout in overtime -- evoking memories of last season's brawl in Detroit -- became the flash point of an already wild game.
"I saw my wife being threatened," Davis said in a statement released immediately after the game. "I felt I had to act. I did not have enough time to alert security."
Davis did not elaborate on why he ascended about 10 rows of seats to reach his wife in the stands. There was no physical confrontation after he got there, but several people were pointing and shouting for a few moments before security arrived and Davis was ejected.
United Center security later escorted a group of people from the area.
Knick Coach Larry Brown said Davis went into the stands because he saw his wife "falling back," but didn't explain further.
Brown was coaching the Pistons in November 2004 when an ugly fight broke out in the stands between fans and Indiana Pacer players during a Detroit home game. But Brown was adamant that this situation should be viewed differently.
"Come on, that's his wife," Brown said. "That's entirely different. I was worried about Kendra. That's why he went in the stands, he saw her falling back.
"That thing that happened in the stands had nothing to do with the two teams. That's a man concerned about his family."
Gordon made his winning shot after New York's Jamal Crawford tied it at 104-104 with a three-point basket with 4.6 seconds left.
New York's Maurice Taylor and Chicago's Chris Duhon also were ejected after an altercation in overtime, a few minutes before Davis went into the stands.
Davis, a former Bull, had 16 points and nine rebounds.