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Nets security official reprimande­d by NBA: reports

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A Brooklyn Nets security official who stepped onto the court and appeared to shove Milwaukee Bucks’ P.J. Tucker during a game has been barred by the NBA from the team’s Eastern Conference semi-finals matches in Milwaukee, U.S. media reported.

The incident happened in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s 86-83 win at Fiserv Forum on Thursday when the official stepped in to separate Tucker and the Nets’ Kevin Durant following a heated conversati­on between the two players after a foul.

The guard will also be stood down from court area duties in Brooklyn during the series, ESPN reported.

“My reaction to it or how did it happen, and to be frank and honest, in the heat of the moment I have no idea who that guy is with or who he is affiliated with,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholze­r told reporters on Saturday.

The Athletic reported that the official had previously worked as Durant’s personal bodyguard.

The Nets led the basketball series 2-1 heading into Sunday’s Game 4 in Milwaukee, the result of which was unavailabl­e at deadline.

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