Coach Frank Vogel reportedly unhappy with his guard’s behaviour.
Tensions were high during the Indiana Pacers’ clash with their Eastern Conference rivals the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, and Lance Stephenson paid the price.
The 23-year-old guard is known for playing with emotion and a chip on his shoulder, but he didn’t cover himself in glory on Wednesday night as he allowed his emotions to get the better of him.
After making a lay-up, Stephenson was seemingly ready to run back down the court to get into position defensively, but decided to stop by Dwyane Wade first to taunt him and was seen mouthing something to him.
Initially the Heat star laughed off his rival but with the officials ready to step in it was deemed as a second technical and Stephenson was out.
While there are claims that LeBron James was guilty of taunting in a tense battle between two teams creating a deep rivalry, ultimately the Pacers came out on top by securing an 84-83 win which puts them three games ahead of the Heat in the race for the top seed in the East.
Watch the incident below as Stephenson gets ejected: