Zaza Pachulia was reportedly grabbed from behind by Milwaukee's Larry Sanders following Saturday's 103-102 win for the Hawks over the Bucks. Pachulia was involved in a couple of plays that left him with a flagrant foul and a couple of nose to nose exchanges with Samuel Dalembert. Apparently cooler heads prevailed and Zaza declined to discuss the event following the game saying only that "they are mad because they lost."
Pachulia did describe the play in which he was called for a flagrant I foul on the Bucks' John Henson during the fourth quarter:
"I was just trying to foul him," Pachulia said. "He had a wide-open layup. It was a crucial situation and I didn't want to give him the layup. The explanation was that I hit him in the face. I was just trying not to let him score. When two big guys come together, there is contact. There was nothing intentional. If my hand came to his face that's because there was contact. I'm not worried about it. We won the game. It was a great game."
Pachulia finished with three points and 11 rebounds and set a franchise record with seven offensive rebounds in the second quarter alone. The Hawks and the Bucks will play three more times this season.