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NBA looking at Richardson incident at game's end

DALLAS -- Stephen Jackson's reputation might have been a
factor in his two ejections this postseason. It won't get him
suspended from Game 6 of the Golden State Warriors' first-round
series against the Dallas Mavericks.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Wednesday that the league will take
no action against Jackson for what happened in the closing moments
of Game 5, when he was tossed with 8.9 seconds left in a 118-112
loss, or for his mounting ejections.


The league is, however, looking into an apparent incident involving Golden State's Jason Richardson and a fan late in the fourth quarter.

NBA observers in the building interviewed multiple spectators after the game about an alleged tangle between Richardson and a Mavericks fan sitting across from the Dallas bench. Richardson fell after a shot and tempers appeared to flare when the Warriors' swingman felt he was being impeded as he tried to get up to rejoin the game. Because the Mavs fan filed a report with NBA security, league officials are expected to review the incident.

"I didn't say nothing to nobody," Richardson said, according to The Associated Press.

"If I wanted to blow up, I could've blew up then. Why blow up
when there's 8 seconds left when the game is over? It doesn't make
no sense. Do I have 'moron' written on my forehead
when I walk out on the court or something? I don't. ... I'm smarter
than a lot of people think. I'm going to continue to play
basketball and do what I do."
-- Stephen Jackson

Warriors coach Don Nelson announced immediately after the game
that Jackson would be fined "a substantial amount" for his
incident. The league fined Jackson $50,000 for the series of
outbursts that led to his Game 2 ejection and continued as he left
the court.

The circumstances around the first ejection may have been a
factor in the league's decision: All Jackson did was clap after a
teammate was called for an obvious foul.

"I wasn't trying to show nobody up," he said Wednesday, adding
that he was already consoling teammates and telling them to look
ahead to the next game. "It didn't make no sense to me."

Another oddity is that this ejection came after only one
technical foul. A second technical is an automatic ejection;
one-tech ejections usually come for egregious acts.

"First time for everything," Jackson said.

Jackson said he didn't bother asking for an explanation.

"Everybody can look at what happened and you can come up with
your own [reasons]," he said.

The most likely answer is that officials are giving Jackson
little margin of error because of past problems, most notably his
role in the Pacers-Pistons brawl several years ago.

However, it's worth noting that Jackson got two personal fouls
in the first 71 seconds of the game Tuesday, but played another
40:01 without getting another.

"If I wanted to blow up, I could've blew up then. Why blow up
when there's 8 seconds left when the game is over? It doesn't make
no sense," he said. "Do I have 'moron' written on my forehead
when I walk out on the court or something? I don't. ... I'm smarter
than a lot of people think. I'm going to continue to play
basketball and do what I do."

The series continues Thursday night in Oakland. Eighth-seeded
Golden State leads top-seeded Dallas 3-2, largely because of how
well Jackson has contained Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.

Nowitzki broke out for the first time all series at the end of
Game 5, scoring 12 points in a 15-0 rally over the final few
minutes.

ESPN.com senior writer Marc Stein and The Associated Press contributed to this report.