National Basketball Association official Courtney Kirkland, Warriors' Shaun Livingston suspended for altercation


Golden State's 28-point win over Miami in the National Basketball Association has been overshadowed by a controversial incident involving Shaun Livingston and a referee.

The league determined Kirkland moved toward Livingston and "shared responsibility for the contact that occurred", per Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News.

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Livingston, 32, and Kirkland bumped heads after Livingston protested a non-call in the second quarter of the Warriors' 123-95 win over the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. It appeared the ref moved towards Livingston, so the National Basketball Association suspended Kirkland one week for his role in the incident as well. After getting tossed from the game, Livingston untucked his white jersey as he walked off the court.

Livingston was given a technical foul and ejected from the game after the incident for making contact with an official. Livingston is in his fourth year with Golden State and has been a key reserve for the Warriors" NBA championship teams in 2015 and "17. It was the first ejection of Livingston's career.

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Livingston has averaged 11.0 FanDuel points in 15.2 minutes per game this season. Plenty of other players, including Andre Iguodala, Patrick McCaw and Draymond Green, can also initiate the offense.

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