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Anthony Davis, James Harden retroactively punished for Game 2 incidents

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Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis has been retroactively assessed a flagrant 1 foul for the blow he dealt to Rockets forward Jeff Green in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals.

The incident occurred just before halftime. Davis’ arm flailed a bit as he made a driving attempt to the hoop. In turn, he actually hit Green in the midsection (groin), sending him straight to the floor in pain. Play continued, but he was slow to make it to the other end of the court.

A look at the play from the official NBA account:

Davis played well in what became a 117-109 Game victory for the Lakers. The former No. 1 overall pick led his team in scoring, racking up 34 points on 15-of-24 shooting from the field (1-for-1 from beyond the arc), 10 rebounds, four assists and one block in 36 minutes of action. LeBron James nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals.

Rockets All-Star James Harden, who led his team with 27 points, is remaining confident:

“They just came out and played harder than us, I feel like,” Harden said of the Lakers’ performance in Game 2, via ESPN’s NBA coverage. “In the second half, we woke up and took the lead. We’ve just got to have that intensity at the beginning of the game and we’ll be all right.”

After review, the NBA has also decided to assess Harden a technical foul for his contact with Davis in the first quarter:

Game 3 between the Lakers and Rockets is set to tip inside the NBA bubble complex at 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday night. TNT will have live broadcast coverage.