DALLAS — Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was ejected after what gave the impression to be an intentional shot to the groin space of the Dallas Mavericks‘ Tim Hardaway Jr. within the second half of their sport Monday night time.
Murray stumbled backward after the pair collided as Denver was establishing on offense. Murray acquired up and reached between Hardaway’s legs together with his proper arm, prompting Hardaway to double over.
The official closest to the contact blew the whistle to cease play with 4:51 left within the third quarter and conferred with the opposite referees. The preliminary name was a foul on Murray, and it was upgraded to a flagrant foul 2 on a video evaluate.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone mentioned after his group’s 117-113 win that he had not seen a replay of the incident, however that he was informed by crew chief Zach Zarba that the choice to improve the foul to a flagrant 2 was “pretty apparent.”
“Hopefully, it is nothing greater than Jamal being ejected tonight and we will use it as a studying expertise,” Malone mentioned.
Murray had 16 factors when he was ejected, his identical team-leading complete from halftime.
The Nuggets led 80-73 when the sport was stopped, and Hardaway scored the subsequent seven factors in simply 23 seconds to get the Mavericks even earlier than they went on to take their first lead since early within the first quarter. Nevertheless, the Nuggets rallied.
“Simply taking part in the sport and I assume [Murray] was simply pissed off that they did not name a foul,” Hardaway mentioned. “I used to be attempting to do the very best I can to disclaim the ball. The remaining speaks for itself. It occurs within the sport. It sucks, nevertheless it does not even matter at this level. We misplaced.”
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and The Related Press contributed to this report.