Gary Payton took Goga Bitadze’s soul, then ended his night.
The Warriors’ high-flying reserve point guard claimed another victim on Thursday night, with a monster dunk on the Pacers’ center in the fourth quarter. As is customary, Payton stared down Bitadze afterwards. Shamed into submission, Bitadze wasn’t having it and got face-to-face with Payton before attempting a half-hearted headbutt.
The act was a second tech for the center, and an ejection. Next time probably better to just take your lumps and not add insult to injury.