Warriors’ Shaun Livingston, referee Courtney Kirkland suspended for on-court altercation

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has been suspended one game without pay and referee Courtney Kirkland has been removed from the NBA’s officiating rotation for one week for their roles in Sunday’s on-court altercation, the league announced Monday.

The incident occurred during the second quarter of the Warriors’ win over the Miami Heat when Livingston, angry that a foul wasn’t called on his jump shot attempt, approached Kirkland to argue the non-call. The two then bumped heads and exchanged words.

Livingston was ejected from the game for making contact with Kirkland, but the league reviewed the incident and determined that Kirkland “moved toward Livingston and shared responsibility for the contact that occurred.”

Livingston will sit out of Monday night’s game against New Orleans, while Kirkland will be eligible to return Dec. 11.

“We know that Shaun is not that type of player, we know he’s a pro,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said after the game. “He’s been in the league for so long, he just plays the game, doesn’t really say much. You could tell that things were a little heated right there. We felt like he should have gotten two shots after that shot he took.

“It did look like, from watching it, that Courtney stepped into his face. He tossed him out. It was unfortunate and hopefully we just move on, move past it.

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