Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic will not be suspended for his altercation with Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia during Sunday’s Game 4, the NBA confirmed Monday.

The Nuggets center was, however, fined $25,000.

Late in the second quarter, the two-time MVP went courtside to grab the ball from the Suns owner, who was holding onto it while trying to assist a fallen Josh Okogie in the first row. After wrestling the ball out of Ishbia’s grasp, Jokic shoved the executive with his forearm, and security quickly intervened.


Jokic was assessed a technical foul for the incident but received no further punishment from NBA officials, who didn’t discipline Ishbia either. The NBA said Monday that Jokic was fined for “making improper contact with a spectator.”

The Suns owner shot down the notion of a potential suspension for Jokic on Monday, saying it “would not be right.”

Following the 129-124 win by Phoenix to even the second-round series, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said he disagreed with the technical Jokic received and criticized the fan for their role, seemingly unaware it was Ishbia. When informed that the spectator was the opposing team’s owner, Malone didn’t change his mind.

“I don’t give a shit. … I really don’t care,” he told reporters, including USA Today’s Michael Scotto.

Suns star Devin Booker, who matched Kevin Durant with a team-high 36 points in the victory, was more supportive of Ishbia in the aftermath.

“He got us a point. He did his job,” Booker said, laughing, according to CBS Sports.

Ishbia officially took over the Suns in February after purchasing the franchise from former owner Robert Sarver for a record $4 billion in December. Days into his tenure, Phoenix completed a blockbuster five-player trade for Durant that sent multiple future first-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets.

Game 5 tips off Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET in Denver.

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