Anthony's flagrant foul stands, NBA rescinds Westbrook's

Anthony's flagrant foul stands, NBA rescinds Westbrook's

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA says Carmelo Anthony's flagrant 2 foul will stand, but has rescinded the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City's last game.

The league also fined Westbrook, Paul George and coach Billy Donovan $15,000 apiece Wednesday for their criticisms of the officials after the call against Anthony on Sunday.

Both were unusual plays in that flagrant fouls are usually called against defensive players. Instead, Anthony and Westbrook were whistled for contact they created while attempting shots.

Anthony drove to the basket and elbowed center Jusuf Nurkic in the face on a shot that went in during the Thunder's loss in Portland on Sunday. The basket was overturned after review and Anthony was hit with the automatic ejection.

Crew chief Rodney Mott said after the game that referees ruled the contact was excessive and not a natural basketball move .

Westbrook was attempting a jump shot Tuesday against Sacramento when he and defender Bogdan Bogdanovic collided. Westbrook was issued a flagrant 1 foul.

A flagrant 1 is considered unnecessary contact. The flagrant 2 is deemed unnecessary and excessive. The league reviews all flagrants and can upgrade, rescind or leave them as called on the floor. If a player exceeds five flagrant foul points during the season, he will be suspended for the next game.

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