In the fourth quarter of Friday night's game between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith and Jazz guard Raja Bell engaged in a series of pushing and shoving exchanges. The incidents culminated with a hard foul by Smith on Bell with 6:45 remaining in the game. Smith was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from the game for slashing down on Bell's arms during a transition lay-up attempt, sending Bell crashing to the ground and causing Jazz guard Deron Williams to rush to his teammate's defense.
On Saturday, the NBA announced that it was fining Smith $25,000 for his flagrant foul on Bell.
J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets has been fined $25,000 for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Raja Bell of the Utah Jazz, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.Here's a look at the video of the exchanges between Smith and Bell, plus the hard foul that resulted in the ejection, via YouTube user MIaruntingzagwantilf.
The Jazz went on to win the game, 113-106, in Denver. Utah improved to 30-21; Denver dropped to 29-21.