Koloko, the rookie center playing for Toronto, addressed the fight after the game, insinuating that Martin started the altercation.
“When he fouled me, he was basically grabbing me and pushing me,” Koloko said. “I don’t know ... I’m confused. I don’t know why. I don’t even know him, so I don’t know what was going on in his head.
“He just stood there looking at me like crazy. I just stood up. I don’t know.”
The fight occurred midway into the third quarter of the Saturday contest. The two protagonists grappled underneath the rim for a rebound when the referees called a loose-ball foul on Martin.
As Koloko was falling to the ground, he appeared to inadvertently hit the Heat forward on the back of the head. Martin took offense and wrestled his adversary while trying to stand up.
After the scuffle, both players were ejected, and the game resumed. Miami ended up winning the contest 112-109.
It is unclear whether or not either player will receive further punishment from the league for their roles in the melee. The coaching staff of both teams certainly performed a good job of preventing the bench players from running onto the court, as league rules state that such actions will merit an automatic suspension.
Interestingly, the two squads will face each other again on Monday, but it remains to be seen if the contest will be as heated as the previous one.