The Golden State Warriors had to finish Game 6 of the NBA Finals without star Stephen Curry.
Curry was whistled for a foul on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, his sixth of the game, with 4:22 to go and the Warriors down 12 points. And he wasn’t happy about it.
Flirting with disaster: Warriors pressed to a Game 7
Trailing by 20-plus points on more than one occassion, Golden State failed to muster a rally in a 115-101 Game 6 loss to Cleveland.
Curry was whistled for the foul and then picked up an immediate technical foul for throwing his mouth piece, which hit a fan courtside. He received an automatic ejection for throwing at item into the stands. He also faces a possible fine and suspension, although the precedent is just a fine.
Curry apologized to the fan he hit before leaving the court and shared some words with chuckling Cavs coach Tyronn Lue as well.
Curry finished with 30 points and fouled out for the first time since Dec. 13, 2013, as the Warriors lost 115-101, forcing a deciding Game 7.
Curry’s wife, Ayesha, also was unhappy, tweeting: “I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money… Or ratings in not sure which. I won’t be silent . Just saw it live sry.”
She later deleted the tweet and apologized in a follow-up tweet.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry “had every right to be upset” and that he was not concerned Curry might be suspended for Game 7.
“He’s the MVP of the league, he gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous,” said Kerr, who emphasized that the fouls were not the reason the Warriors lost the game.
“I am happy he threw his mouthpiece; he should be upset.”
One person who wasn’t upset was the fan who was hit by Curry’s mouthpiece, Andrew Forbes, son of Cavs minority owner Nate Forbes.
“It’s all good,” Andrew Forbes said. “It just hit me, and I was like, ‘Who? What?’ I was just cheering, being a fan. I don’t even know where he was throwing it. It just hit me in the face. He was good about it.”
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Tom Haberstroh and The Associated Press contributed to this report