Nurkic ejected in loss to Thunder after incident with Paul George

Nurkic ejected in loss to Thunder after incident with Paul George

If you sign up to a service by clicking one of the links, we may earn a referral fee. "And this is one of those times". With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, the Bosnian was sent flying by Russell Westbrook as the Trail Blazers broke forward at pace. With Nurkic unavailable to shoot free throws, Thunder coach Billy Donovan had the option to choose any player on Portland's active roster to shoot instead.

Following the game, official Ed Malloy told a pool reporter that the apparent elbow did not trigger a replay because no call was made. I think it should have been an offensive foul.

McCutchen said he took a close look at the play.

"It doesn't matter to me", Westbrook said after the Thunder's 129-121 overtime victory, according to ESPN's Kevin Pelton. As he went up for the shot, he caught Nurkic in the face with an elbow. "I think his compatibility with Damian, especially on pick-and-roll situations, has been something that has added an extra dimension". Poor Skal, who hadn't expected to play at all, was suddenly thrust into the most critical moment of the game. "Our job as referees is to allow that passion up to the standards that we have, and then we have to adjudicate the game". But the Thunder always seem to rise up and bring their A-game against the best teams in the league, and they'll certainly need to do that to get a victory in one of the toughest arenas in the National Basketball Association. On Thursday night, things between the two teams were chippy once again. George chalked up the heated emotions and "bad blood" to the Northwest Division playoff race.

Westbrook got a flagrant foul earlier in the game after knocking over Nurkic running down the court.

With Nurkic sidelined, Oklahoma City punished the Blazers in the paint, outscoring them 16-8 in the overtime frame.

Portland is a strong 37-27 against the spread this season, whereas Oklahoma City is 33-30. Cold off the bench, Labissiere missed the first free throw. Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Thunder vs. Blazers spread you should be all over Thursday, all from the model that's up more than $4,000 on National Basketball Association picks this season. "And they fill in the postgame report. Hopefully they enjoy the game, though obviously they didn't tonight".

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