Chriss follows Biyombo off court after ejections

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PHOENIX — Dallas Mavericks forward Marquese Chriss followed Suns center Bismack Biyombo off the court and through the tunnel after the pair were ejected late in Phoenix’s 110-80 Game 5 win on Tuesday night, causing security personnel to sprint after Chriss and retrieve him before a confrontation could occur.

With the Suns leading by 28 with 2.3 seconds remaining, Chriss fouled Biyombo on a lob play. Biyombo turned around to approach Chriss, and Chriss pushed his arm away.

The referees assessed each player a technical foul and summarily ejected them. Biyombo exited the court through the proper tunnel, heading toward the Suns’ locker room. Chriss followed through the same tunnel shortly thereafter. He was supposed to exit through the tunnel on the opposite side of the court, leading to the visitors’ locker room.

“We’re just trying to win the game,” Suns coach Monty Williams said after the game. “All the stuff that happens that’s extracurricular, I don’t have anything to say about that.”

The Suns lead the Western Conference semifinal series 3-2 over the Mavs, with a chance to close out Thursday in Dallas.

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