Kyrie Irving fined $25K for chucking ball into stands

Grant SmithNov 07, 2018

Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray exploded for a career-high 48 points against the Celtics on Monday night, leading the way in a 115-107 victory in Denver.

The shot missed, but still drew the ire of Irving, who glared in Murray's direction after the attempt and ultimately launched the ball into the stands. He did it in a great fashion against us. He was the primary concern tonight and he made us pay in certain instances of making some tough shots and some tough layups.

At that time, Murray faced similar criticism from Ball and Lakers coach Luke Walton and after Monday's game he referenced that incident with the Lakers last season in regards to his 48-point eruption. But Irving did not like Murray firing up an uncontested three-pointer at the buzzer, miffed that Murray didn't simply dribble out the clock. I mean, if Jamal wants to reach 50 and throw himself a party after, let him go for it. Irving said. "I understand if we fouled him, going to the free throw line". His mind was simply set on going for 50 points.

Murray was feeling it all night, hitting 19 of 30 shots, including five 3s.

"I think my emotions took over, as it normally does". Fans love to see this type of competitiveness and animosity between teams, but the league had to take disciplinary action against Irving. 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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