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DALLAS — Kevin Durant(Kevin Durant Jersey) was called for a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 119-108 Game 4 win over the Dallas Mavericks, his first career postseason ejection and second career ejection.

With 50.6 seconds left, Durant bit on a pump fake by rookie Justin Anderson and swiped at the ball as Anderson went into his shooting motion. Durant’s forearm hit Anderson in the face, and after review, Durant was tagged with a flagrant 2, which leads to an automatic ejection.

“I wasn’t trying to hurt him,” Durant said after the game. “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.”

Further discipline for Durant, including a suspension, is possible. The NBA office reviews all flagrant 2 fouls.

Durant walked to midcourt following his ejection and tapped his chest toward the Mavs’ bench, saying, “My bad.” He said he also texted Anderson following the game to apologize. Durant and Anderson, who both attended Montrose Christian High School, took a picture together after the game in the hall of the arena with their coach at Montrose, Stu Vetter.

Anderson told ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon that he hasn’t seen the replay of Durant’s flagrant foul. Asked if he thought there was any malicious intent by Durant, Anderson said, “I have no clue. I haven’t talked to him about it.”

On Friday, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called out the Thunder for their “physical” tactics, naming Durant specifically for what he perceived to be a dirty play in the third quarter of Game 3. Durant elbowed Salah Mejri and was assessed a technical foul a day later.

“I thought that Durant foul was tough, obviously,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “They were up, whatever, double digits with under a minute to go. I think that was unnecessary. Everything else was in the flow of the game to me. I don’t think anything else was bad, but I think that foul was just not necessary at all.”

Carlisle declined to discuss the foul or the physicality of the game or series.

“I’m not commenting on the extracurricular physical activity in the series,” Carlisle said in a text message to Mavs beat reporters. “I’m sure the league office is looking at all that stuff in high definition.”

There were double-technical fouls called in the second quarter of Game 4, when Thunder guard Anthony Morrow, who was sitting on the bench, wouldn’t give the ball to Mejri after an OKC turnover. Mejri tried to grab it, Morrow gave a shove and words were exchanged. It ended with Mejri and Russell Westbrook being issued technicals. The series has had a flurry of altercations and hard fouls, leading some to wonder if the teams are crossing the line.

“I don’t believe they’re trying to hurt us, and we’re not trying to hurt them,” Durant said. “That’s the most important thing we should try to get out of it. Nobody’s looking to injure anybody. We’re just playing the game. There’s some stuff, we’re going to do some talking, we’re going to do some shoving here and there because that’s how competitive both teams are. But for the most part, no one’s dirty. I know Carlisle and [Mavericks owner Mark] Cuban will tell you guys that, but we’re just going out there and playing.”

Durant failed to score 20 points in a game for the first time since Nov. 10, 2015, against the Wizards, when he left at halftime with a hamstring strain after scoring 14. Durant finished the regular season scoring at least 20 points in 64 straight games, and he carried that over to the first three games of the series against Dallas before leaving with 19 in Game 4.

The Thunder lead the series 3-1. Game 5 is Monday in Oklahoma City.

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said he has one simple plan for Kobe Bryant(Kobe Bryant Jersey)’s final NBA game Wednesday night.

“Like I told him: ‘This is the last hurrah. Let’s have some fun. Let’s go out with a bang,’” Scott said after shootaround at the team’s training facility hours before the Lakers face the Utah Jazz in the last game of Bryant’s 20-season NBA career.

A sellout crowd and between 400 to 500 credentialed media members will be on hand at Staples Center in what Scott said he expects to be a “crazy evening.”

“I’m about as ready as I can be,” Scott said. “I really don’t know what to expect.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will play the national anthem. There will be a tribute video. And about two dozen of Bryant’s former teammates are expected to attend, including Shaquille O’Neal, with whom Bryant won three championships.

“Everybody been keeping it kind of under wraps, but I think everybody should prepare for a show in terms of the stuff before and after and during the game, and after the game,” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson said. “It’s just going to be a cool little thing to send him out.”

Scott said he has an idea for how much Bryant will play and how many shots he wants the 37-year-old Lakers icon to take, but the coach didn’t reveal any figures.

“A lot of shots, a lot of minutes,” Scott said of Bryant, who didn’t attend the shootaround. “I’ve got targets.”

“I got a real good sense that we’re going to try to get him the ball as much as possible. And we’re going to try to compete as best as we can tonight. We don’t know, and neither does Utah know their fate right now, by the start of this game they could be playing for their playoff lives. So we don’t know. All we know is we got to come out here and we’ve got to play as hard as we can against this team and we’ve got to try to enjoy this moment, because this is something that a lot of these guys will never go through again.”

The Jazz need a win and a Houston Rockets loss to snag the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Rockets host the Sacramento Kings at 8 p.m. ET, some 2.5 hours before Jazz-Lakers tip off.

Utah coach Quin Snyder, a former Lakers assistant, said the evening will be a “celebration” of Bryant’s career.

“You can be a part of that and appreciate that and respect that — it’s history — but then come out and compete and play the game,” Snyder said. “I don’t think he’s ever wanted someone to not compete against him in his life. We owe him that. That’s what the game is about, whether you’re on the playground or practice or whatever. It’s about competing.”

Added Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward: “I’ve thought about it since the schedule came out. People have been telling me about it and I’ve had ticket requests since November. This game’s definitely been circled and marked on the calendar.”

Will Bryant cry?

“He’s a very proud man, as you [media] know,” Scott said. “But I think when he addresses the fans tonight and he addresses his teammates, once this is over, us as the coaching staff, and people he’s known for a long time, I’m pretty sure it’s going to hit him for a minute there that this is it, this is my last and final game.”

Lakers swingman Metta World Peace said he doesn’t think Bryant will be emotional.

“I can’t see Kobe being affected,” World Peace said. “He prepared for this. This is what he wanted. It’s not like a surprise to him. It’s a surprise for everybody else and it’s very exciting for everybody. Maybe it’s bittersweet for him, but this is what he wanted since he was maybe 8 years old. He knew that this day was going to come where he’d retire and it was going to be the biggest day ever.”

For the Lakers, Wednesday night marks the end of Bryant’s season-long farewell tour.

“It’s crazy, to be honest with you,” Clarkson said. “Kind of sad and exciting at the same time. I seen him growing up, watching him, now seeing him on his way out, being to have an opportunity to play alongside him is a blessing and it’s unreal and surreal still. I’m still looking at it right now as an experience and stuff.”

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors suffered the inexplicable loss to a talented, albeit inexperienced, Minnesota Timberwolves team that had little, if anything, to technically play for. The Wolves did, however, have the opportunity to beat the champs on national television. They seized it, and now Golden State’s 73-win chase is very much in doubt.

After Minnesota’s 124-117 overtime victory, Golden State must now win its final four games to reach 73 wins and surpass the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record 72-10 season.

The loss happened on the night when Golden State got everybody back (save for rookie Kevon Looney). Golden State had missed Harrison Barnes(Harrison Barnes Jersey), Festus Ezeli and Andre Iguodala for long stretches.

“Maybe we would have won 78 games with last year’s injury situation,” said one Warriors official, taking stock of the health situation.

Tuesday’s tilt was supposed to be the game when they were finally whole again, with Andrew Bogut (rib issue) and Iguodala (ankle sprain) returning from their injuries.

It started as a reminder of a luxury that was once taken for granted. Bogut picked up two early fouls and, suddenly, Festus Ezeli was there to take his place (as opposed to, say, Anderson Varejao). Stephen Curry had an awful shooting first half (0-of-8, two points), but Golden State’s offense didn’t miss a beat. The Warriors were comfortable, eventually opening up a 15-point lead in the first quarter.

But ironically on a night when Golden State got all its depth back, the bench completely fell apart. Marreese Speights, who found his stroke in Ezeli’s absence, was tentative in Ezeli’s return, getting two travels in quick succession. It’s impossible to know whether Leandro Barbosa and Brandon Rush were impacted by Iguodala’s return, but the two combined for two points.

Still, few observers thought Golden State was in danger as the lead slowly whittled. The Warriors hadn’t lost after taking a 15-point lead since April 10, 2014, against the Denver Nuggets. Surely it wasn’t going to happen on Tuesday night.

The Wolves had other ideas.

Shabazz Muhammad blasted his way to the rim in the third quarter, then he continued to bully, finishing with 35 points on 12 shots. Karl-Anthony Towns gamely switched out onto Curry, bothering the MVP. In crunch time (both in the fourth quarter and in overtime), Towns also bedeviled Bogut with his range and quickness. Andrew Wiggins added 32 points and a patented spin move in what was an opus to the rising talent out (Mid)West.

Steph Curry was not Steph Curry, finishing 7-of-25 (21 points, 15 assists) and missing shots he normally makes — a few of which, in overtime, were killers.

Golden State might have squandered a chance at 73 wins on Tuesday, but perhaps that’s the wrong perspective when two games are suddenly dropped at home. The Warriors have been playing worse and need to get back on track — 73 wins or otherwise.