NBA officials admitted after the Brooklyn Nets’ 105-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers that Kevin Durant should have been ejected for throwing the ball in the stands.
The incident in question happened in the third quarter when Durant was fouled in transition from TJ McConnell.
Durant was deemed a technical foul – but officials later said he should have been kicked out of the game.
“In real time, the officer who made the call did not think that the ball was forced into the stands,” said crew chief Sean Wright after the game on Yahoo Sports.
“After watching the post-game video, we saw the ball went violently into the stands and Kevin Durant should have been thrown.”
Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle wasn’t too happy with the officials’ decision to keep Durant in the game.
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When asked to extrapolate the piece, Carlise said, “I don’t want to embarrass the officers. I don’t want to embarrass the league. “