DALLAS – Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was ejected after deliberately shooting down the groin area of Dallas Mavericks Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half of their game Monday night.
Murray stumbled backwards after hitting the pair as Denver was taking offense. Murray got up and reached between Hardway’s legs with his right hand, prompting Hardway to double over.
The officer closest to the contact stopped the whistle with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter and conferred with the other referees. The initial call was a foul on Murray, and was upgraded to a flagrant foul 2 on a video review.
Following his team’s 117–113 victory, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he had not seen a replay of the incident, but was told by crew chief Zach Zerba that the decision to upgrade the foul to a Flagant 2 was “quite clear” . “
“Hopefully, this is no different from Jamal tonight and we can use it as a learning experience,” Malone said.
Murray had 16 points, when he was ejected, his team’s team taking the total from the top.
The Nuggets led 80–73 when the game was halted and Hardaway scored the next seven points to regain his first lead before gaining the Mavericks in just 23 seconds. However, the Nuggets rallied.
“Just playing the game and I think [Murray] Was just disappointed that they didn’t call a foul, “Hardaway said.” I was trying to do the best I could to deny the ball. The rest speaks for themselves. It happens in the game. It sucks, but it doesn’t even matter at this point. we loose.”
ESPN’s Tim McMahon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.