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Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets reaches for the basketball after pushing off Phoenix Suns proprietor Mat Ishbia (L) in the course of the first half of Sport 4 of the NBA Western Convention Semifinals at Footprint Middle on Might 07, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs/AFP

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has escaped suspension after his off-court tussle with Phoenix Suns proprietor Mat Ishbia, the NBA introduced in an announcement on Monday.

Jokic has been fined $25,000 for making “improper contact with a spectactor” in the course of the Nuggets’ game-four defeat to the Suns in Phoenix on Sunday of their Western Convention playoff collection.

Jokic clashed with Ishbia as he tried to seize a unfastened ball from the Suns proprietor within the second quarter of Sunday’s sport.

Because the ball flew again into the gang, Jokic’s elbow appeared to knock Ishbia backwards.

Jokic, who scored a career-high 53 factors within the loss, later defended his actions and stated he was solely responding as a result of Ishbia made contact with him first.

Ishbia had sought to damp down the controversy earlier Monday by saying he didn’t need to see the two-time NBA Most Worthwhile Participant hit with a suspension.

Nice win for the Suns final evening in an incredible collection thus far!
That needs to be and is the one story. Suspending or fining anybody over final nights incident wouldn’t be proper. I’ve alot of respect for Jokic and don’t need to see something like that. Excited for sport 5! Go Suns!

— Mat Ishbia (@Mishbia15) Might 8, 2023

“Nice win for the Suns final evening in an incredible collection thus far! That needs to be and is the one story,” Ishbia wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Suspending or fining anybody over final evening’s incident wouldn’t be proper.

“I’ve quite a lot of respect for Jokic and don’t need to see something like that. Excited for sport 5! Go Suns!”

The Suns and top-seeded Nuggets are stage at 2-2 within the best-of-seven collection, with sport 5 set for Denver on Tuesday.

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