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Boston’s Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing the ball into the stands after their loss to Denver.
The NBA has fined Kyrie Irving $US25,000 for throwing the ball into the stands following Boston’s 115-107 loss to Denver, the league announced Tuesday.
The incident occurred after Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, sitting on a career-high 48 points with the game already decided, took a three-pointer at the final buzzer in an attempt to reach the 50-point mark.
Irked by Murray’s move, Irving grabbed the ball and air mailed it into the stands at Denver’s Pepsi Centre.
“I mean, what kind of competitor wouldn’t it bother?” Irving said to reporters following the game. “I understand if we fouled him, going to the free throw line.
“I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. Obviously, I was pissed at the game, but it’s time to decompress and move on.
“Congratulations to him having 48 points. He did it in a great fashion against us. … But the ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bulls*** move like that. So, I threw it in the crowd.”
Responded Murray, “I didn’t mean no harm. I shouldn’t have done it, but they understand I was trying to get 50.”
The Celtics, who have lost their last two games, play again Thursday at Phoenix.