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Celtics' Garnett Won't Face Discipline for Altercation with Knicks' Walker

Dec. 25, 2011: New York Knicks' Bill Walker is restrained at the end of the NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Dec. 25, 2011: New York Knicks' Bill Walker is restrained at the end of the NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York.  (AP)

Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett will not face discipline from the NBA over an altercation with Knicks guard Bill Walker after Sunday's 106-104 loss, CBS Sports reported, citing a source.

Garnett missed a shot to tie the game at the buzzer and got into a heated exchange with Walker, placing his hand around his throat before the pair were separated by players and coaches.

Walker had contested Garnett's missed 14-footer and the Celtics big man became physical afterward, according to Walker. The Knicks reserve swingman claimed he did not make a comment to incite Garnett, the New York Post reported.

"I went to contest his shot," Walker said. "I guess he got mad I contested his shot. He grabbed my hand, tangled it up. I pulled my hand away, and then we had a situation."

On Monday, Walker said he had approached Garnett after the game and there were no hard feelings, Sports Illustrated reported.

"We shook hands, I talked to him … I chopped it up with him. I still respect those guys," he said.