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Nuggets' Jamal Murray fined $100K, avoids suspension for to

After throwing a towel and a heating pad at an official during Monday's 106-80 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 2,   

Nuggets player Jamal Murray escaped suspension but was fined $100,000.  

Joe Dumars, the executive vice president and head of basketball operations of the NBA, released a statement on Tuesday announcing the fine.  

With 4 minutes and 41 seconds left in the second quarter and a 49-30 lead for the Timberwolves, Murray flung the objects onto the court during live play.   

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a player with the Nuggets, grabbed the pad, threw it to the sidelines, and the game went on without a whistle.  

After the game, Minnesota Wolves coach Chris Finch called Murray's behavior "dangerous" and "inexcusable" and stated his team tried to talk with the referees to resolve the matter.  

The toss might have been evaluated under the hostile act trigger, according to crew chief Marc Davis, who said he didn't notice it at the time.   

But instead of being ejected, Murray would have received a technical foul.  


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