Bryant received the technical foul at halftime. After getting a half-court shot off before the buzzer sounded for the teams to head back to the locker room, Bryant turned and discussed what he felt should have been a foul call to the referee. He was hit with the technical foul, which would have been his fourteenth of the season.
Post-game, Bryant revealed the he discussed the technical foul call with referee Joey Crawford and expected the tech to be rescinded. At sixteen technical foul calls on the season a player will be automatically suspended for a single game, and the tech-count resets when the playoffs arrive.
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