Kyrie Irving lost his coolness on Monday night, and now he pays for it.
The Boston Celtics star was fined $ 25,000 by the NBA for throwing the basketball after Denver's defeat to the stands, the league said.
The incident occurred after Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, who wanted to make an even more impressive 51 out of his 48 points, had a 3-pointer on the last buzzer and had already decided the game. Irving was surprised by Murray's decision, grabbed the ball and threw it into Denver's Pepsi Center stalls.
When asked after the game if the shot had disturbed him, Irving replied, "What a competitor would not bother?
"I do not want to make a big deal of it," he said. "Of course I was angry after the game, but it's time to decompress and move on, congratulating him on having 48 points, but the ball deserves to go into the crowd after an (explicit) move like this I threw him a lot. "
Shortly after the fine was announced, Irving doubled.
Murray played the incident down now.
"I tried to get 50, I did not mean to hurt," he said after the game. "I should not have done it, but you understand I tried to get fifty."