Kevin Durant was ejected from the Oklahoma City Thunder's game four against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night with just 50 seconds left on the clock.
The 2014 NBA MVP was deemed guilty of a flagrant 2 foul in the dying seconds when his forearm connected with Mavs rookie Justin Anderson as he began his shooting motion.
The incident came at the end of what had already been a heated contest but, speaking after the game, Durant insisted he had no intention of hurting Anderson on the play that saw him booted from the game.
"I wasn't trying to hurt him," KD said, via ESPN, in the aftermath of the Thunder's 119-108 win. "Plenty of plays this season where I blocked shots like that from behind. Just unfortunate I fouled him over the head.
"It was a flagrant, even though I wasn't trying to intentionally foul him. The refs had to make a decision and they made the right one. It was just bad timing. I wasn't trying to hurt him.
"What happened tonight was unfortunate. I didn't mean to flagrant foul Justin Anderson."
Although Durant has attempted to offer his explanation for the incident, there is still the possibility that the NBA could hand down further punishment. With the league reviewing all flagrant 2 fouls, the OKC star could yet face a suspension.
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Durant and Anderson actually attended the same high school and KD said he had texted the rookie after the game to apologize.
The Thunder star's ejection, his second of his career and first in the postseason, comes after Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle had singled him out for dirty plays after game three.