Nuggets news: Fan who got in Russell Westbrook’s face has been banned from games
As Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made his way off the floor following Thursday night’s 127-124 loss to the Nuggets in Denver, a fan decided to get in his way. Westbrook immediately extended an arm, pushing the fan back in a defensive manner — an act the NBA later deemed to be acceptable. The fan, however, has been banned from future games.
“Regarding the fan who got in Russell Westbrook’s space yesterday: Source tells ESPN that following the incident, arena security removed him from the court. Law enforcement issued a summons and complaint for trespass and he’s been banned from games.”
Westbrook’s incident came just moments after Nuggets guard Gary Harris made a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Tensions were certainly high inside the Pepsi Center, but that doesn’t justify the fan’s actions.
Despite the brief altercation, the Nuggets managed to snap their two-game losing streak, led by Jamal Murray’s 33 points and five assists. Nikola Jokic racked up a triple-double for Denver, scoring 29 points, 14 assists, 13 rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
The Nuggets, now the 4th-ranked team in the Northwest Division with a 27-25 overall record, will be back in action on Saturday night, as they’re scheduled to host the Golden State Warriors. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. EST.