While some have howled in protest over Iman Shumpert’s failure to foul Paul Pierce before the latter’s game-tying 3 pointer at the end of regulation in yesterday’s Celtics/Knicks tilt, the former tells the NY Post’s Marc Berman it was an earlier incident that might well have cost New York a rare win in Boston.

Shumpert feels he did nothing at all to warrant a costly technical foul with 10:08 left in regulation after he soared for a monster driving dunk, landed and glared at the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett. The referee whistled Shumpert for taunting, though he didn’t say any words. Ray Allen made the free throw and the point ultimately made a difference.

“It was just a dunk,’’ Shumpert told The Post. “I didn’t know I couldn’t look at him. I didn’t say anything. He’s the one who said something. I don’t talk to the refs. I just looked at him. He’s been talking the whole game. I don’t say anything to anybody.’’