Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray handles the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Murray was ejected from the game for punching Dallas’ Tim Hardaway Jr. in the groin, for which he was fined $25,000 by the league. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

NEW YORK | Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for a shot to the groin area of Dallas’ Tim Hardaway Jr.

Murray was ejected after the apparently intentional act in the third quarter of a game Monday night. The Nuggets won 117-113.

Murray stumbled backward after colliding with Hardaway as Denver was setting up on offense. Murray got up and reached between Hardaway’s legs with his right arm, prompting Hardaway to double over.

The official closest to the contact blew the whistle to stop play with 4:51 left in the third quarter and conferred with the other referees. The initial call was a foul on Murray, and it was upgraded to a flagrant-2 foul after a video review.

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