Celtics ace Irv­ing fined for ball toss

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New York: Bos­ton Celtics star Kyrie Irv­ing was fined $25,000 on Tues­day after an­grily throw­ing a bas­ket­ball into spec­ta­tor stands, the NBA said in a state­ment.

Irv­ing hurled a ball into the pub­lic seat­ing area at the end of Bos­ton’s 115-107 de­feat to the Den­ver Nuggets at the Pepsi Cen­ter in Colorado on Mon­day. A fu­ri­ous Irv­ing was in­censed after Nuggets ace Ja­mal Mur­ray at­tempted a three-pointer with the fi­nal move of the game. Mur­ray, who fin­ished the Nuggets’ win with 48 points, had been at­tempt­ing to break through the 50-point bar­rier. Irv­ing how­ever re­acted fu­ri­ously fol­low­ing Mur­ray’s at­tempt, sug­gest­ing the 21-year-old had showed a lack of re­spect.

“The ball de­serves to go in the crowd after a move like that,” Irv­ing said later. “So I threw it in the crowd.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone de­nied Mur­ray had in­tended to be dis­re­spect­ful to the Celtics.

“He’s young, he’s still learn­ing,” Malone said af­ter­wards.

“You never want to dis­re­spect any­one. I think it wasn’t dis­re­spect; he was try­ing to get to 50 points, which you un­der­stand. But our veterans talked to him, and it’s some­thing he’ll learn from.”

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