NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA mentioned Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony’s flagrant 2 foul will stand, however rescinded the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City’s final recreation.

The league additionally fined Westbrook, Paul George and coach Billy Donovan $15,000 apiece for his or her criticisms of the officers after the decision in opposition to Anthony on Sunday.

Both have been uncommon performs in that flagrant fouls are normally known as in opposition to defensive gamers. Instead, Anthony and Westbrook have been whistled for contact they created whereas making an attempt photographs.

Anthony drove to the basket and elbowed middle Jusuf Nurkic within the face on a shot that went in through the Thunder’s loss in Portland on Sunday. The basket was overturned after overview and Anthony was hit with the automated ejection.

Crew chief Rodney Mott mentioned after the sport that referees dominated the contact was extreme and never a pure basketball transfer and the league agreed.

“We reviewed it, the same as we review all plays of this nature, and agree with the on-court officials that the foul met the criteria of hard contact above the shoulders with high potential for injury,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank mentioned. “While attempting to draw a foul, Anthony extended his elbow into his opponent’s face, which is dangerous and reckless in nature.”

Westbrook was making an attempt a leap shot Tuesday in opposition to Sacramento when he and defender Bogdan Bogdanovic collided. Westbrook was issued a flagrant 1 foul, however that was downgraded.

“After review, we determined that the contact was part of Russell’s downward shooting motion and the defender was moving forward into his shooting space,” Frank mentioned.

A flagrant 1 is taken into account pointless contact. The flagrant 2 is deemed pointless and extreme — and a foul would not should be thought of intentional to be decided harmful. The league evaluations all flagrants and might improve, rescind or go away them as known as on the ground. If a participant exceeds 5 flagrant foul factors through the season, he shall be suspended for the following recreation.

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