Miami Heat guard Ray Allen had simple words to describe the altercation between he and J.J. Barea during Monday night’s game.

“It just came out nowhere,” Allen said.

That was Allen’s explanation for Barea’s play.

It also could be used to describe Allen’s uncharacteristic involvement in a scuffle.

Allen and Barea got into a near skirmish in the Heat’s 97-81 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, a moment that surprised just about everyone. The mild-mannered Allen has rarely got into any type of altercation throughout his 17-year career.

“It’s uncalled for,” Allen said. “I’ve managed to keep a level head throughout my career. You have your moments where things get heated. When you come down from it, you can say, `That was my fault. I was in a bad situation. I was really frustrated.’ But even in that situation, I wasn’t frustrated. It was just bad judgment, I thought from the other side.”

Allen and Barea almost cleared the benches when they nearly got into it with 8 minutes, 9 seconds left in the game. Allen said he was responding to Barea tackling him on a drive. Barea claims he was retaliating to an elbow thrown by Allen earlier.

“There was a play where he knocked the ball away and I got it back,” Allen said. “Then he just leveled me. I thought it was uncalled for. There is no place for that in the game."

Barea said, “He pushed off, hit me with an elbow close to the neck. Then I gave him a bump back ... I've been playing in the NBA for seven years. I get hit harder than that every night. I don't get up crying. I want to fight."

The referees ejected Barea while the play served as a catalyst for the Heat. Allen made three free throws as a result of Barea being called for a Flagrant-2 foul and Minnesota coach Rick Adelman receiving technical for arguing. It was the start of a 7-0 run by the Heat.