OAKLAND, Calif. — Kyle Lowry appeared to get shoved by a fan after the Toronto Raptors star crashed into a row of courtside seats while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.
Lowry scored 23 points and made several big shots in a 123-109 victory that gave the Raptors a 2-1 lead over Golden State. There was as much buzz about Lowry’s dust-up with the fan as his offense.
The league said it is investigating the incident.
“The fans have a place; we love our fans,” Lowry told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt. “But fans like that shouldn’t be allowed to be in there, because it’s not right. I can’t do nothing to protect myself. But the league does a good job, and hopefully they ban him from all NBA games forever.”
Early in the fourth quarter, Lowry ran down a loose ball and jumped in the air as it was going out of bounds, not far from where Warriors owner Joe Lacob was sitting. Lowry knocked the ball into a referee and landed in the lap of one male fan, who appeared to grab Lowry’s jersey with two hands.
A woman who was standing nearby patted Lowry on his back. At the same time, a man wearing a blue shirt who was sitting down extended his left arm and gave Lowry a hard shove in his left shoulder.
Lowry got up and complained to officials, who ejected the fan from the game.
Lowry told reporters that the fan, in addition to the shove, aimed “vulgar language” at him.
“He had no reason to touch me and say vulgar language to me,” Lowry said. “There’s no place for something like that. Hopefully he never comes back to another NBA game.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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