The NBA rescinded another technical foul on Mavericks center Tyson Chandler after agreeing with Dallas' contention that Thunder reserve guard James Harden “embellished the contact” in Game 3 on Saturday night.
The league previously rescinded Chandler's technical foul that came 70 seconds into Game 1. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins also was assessed a technical on the play, which was upheld.
The NBA ruled Chandler's elbow to Harden's head was incidental and not unsportsmanlike. Chandler was attempting to take the ball out of bounds following Harden's layup in the third quarter.
Chandler raised his arms with the ball in his hands, and his right elbow grazed Harden's face. Harden fell the court and laid there for several seconds with his hands over his face. He did not require medical attention and remained in the game.
"It was not a vicious elbow," Chandler said. "I did not throw an elbow. I was trying to take the ball out of bounds. He tried to initiate contact and did a good job of flopping. He did a good job because he got me a technical, and he got his team a point for it."
Chandler said several Thunder players use the same tactic.
"That's the case with a lot of them," Chandler said. "They run into you, do little things. Whether you react or don't react, it seems that you kind of get caught up in the situation. It's our job just to stay away from it all. You come here to play basketball. You don't come here for the sideshow."
TOE THE LINE
The difference in the Game 4 came on the lines. At the free-throw line, Dallas outscored the Thunder 34-19. At the 3-point line, Dallas outscored the Thunder 24-6.
The Mavs had outscored OKC 15-0 from 3-point range before Kevin Durant hit a trey with 6:07 left in the third quarter, which snapped a string of 13 straight misses for the two-time scoring champion.
The Thunder finished just 2 for 13 from 3-point range, making it just 5 for 30 (.167) in the last two outings. For the series, Dallas is 33 for 96 (.344) from beyond the arc and the Thunder is 17 for 64 (.266).
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