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Russell Westbrook shoves fan after game

The fan will likely be found in violation of the NBA's code of conduct for fans, which prohibits guests from coming onto the floor.


Kahron Spearman


Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook shoved a fan who stepped onto the court and came face-to-face with him just after Gary Harris hit a game-winning three to seal the Nuggets' 127-124 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night.

There's clear video of the portly Denver fan walking onto the court - where he wasn't permitted to be at any point - and screaming at the reigning MVP.

Absolutely, the fan is in the wrong there. He should not be on the floor. He should be happy he didnt get knocked out.

Reggie Miller
TNT analyst and Hall of Famer

Per ESPN, the NBA said the incident would be reviewed.

Of note is the fact that Westbrook just didn't walk away, and head toward the locker room on the opposite end of the court.

Westbrook was asked if he felt that shoving the fan was the only way for him to protect himself. "Of course," he claimed to reporters.

"You gotta be able to protect the players, man," he said. "The fans are obviously there to enjoy the game, but they can't come onto the floor. That's totally unacceptable.

"They'll look at it and figure out what's the best way to deal with it, but to me, that's just totally unacceptable."

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