Kyrie Irving fined $25K for throwing ball into stands

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2018

On Monday night Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray made history by becoming the first Canadian to score 48 points in a regular-season National Basketball Association game, matching Hall of Famer Steve Nash's record for most points scored by any Canadian player.

Irving took particular exception to the play, going so far as to throw the ball into the stands and call Murray's shot "b-s-t" after the game. "He did it in a great fashion against us", Irving said of Murray's offensive show.

"What kind of competitor wouldn't it bother?"

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"I think everybody understood that's what I was trying to do". Irving said after the game, via NBC Sports Boston."I understand if we fouled him, going to the free-throw line". But the ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bulls-- move like that.

This isn't the first time Murray's landed himself in some hot water at the end of a sure Nuggets win. Murray scored a career-high 49 points and attempted a three-pointer in the final seconds instead of dribbling to run out the clock.

"I really wasn't meaning no disrespect". Last season, Murray was dribbling out the clock at the end of a win over the Lakers when he made a decision to clown on Lonzo Ball. I just had it in my mind I was going for 50. But if you ask us, both were in the wrong: Murray probably should've just taken his 48 points and left it at that, and Irving's reaction was a bit over the top. Any player knows you aren't supposed to take that shot at the buzzer when your team has a big lead.

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