Bogans, Harden tangle in second quarter

Tensions escalated in the second quarter of Brooklyn’s 106-96 loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday night at Barclays Center.

Nets small forward Keith Bogans and Rockets shooting guard James Harden exchanged words and had to be separated at the 4:42 mark of the period.

As the Nets were bringing the ball up the floor, Bogans pushed Harden and was called for an offensive foul. Harden responded by clapping his hands.

As the two players were walking toward the other end, Bogans began barking at Harden, which caused the Rockets shooting guard to turn around and face up to him.

According to YES Network play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle, Bogans told Harden, “Don’t cry to the refs.”

Both were assessed technical fouls.

“It was just getting physical,” Bogans said. “We were going back and forth at each other and started to talk a little bit. It really wasn’t personal or anything. We were just playing basketball.”

Bogans said he was able to calm down because interim coach P.J. Carlesimo made it real easy by pulling him from the game.

“I didn’t lose my cool, and it is just part of the game,” he said.

Harden said, “Frustration, that’s it.”