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Carmelo Anthony ejected for flagrant foul, 'unnatural' basketball move

Carmelo Anthony ejected for flagrant foul, 'unnatural' basketball move

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected in the third quarter of Sunday's 103-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers when he was assessed a Flagrant II foul for elbowing Blazers' center Jusuf Nurkic in the head.

Anthony was ejected with 4:26 left in the third quarter when he drove into the lane and caught Nurkic in the head with an elbow as he scored at the rim. After going to video review, head referee Rodney Mott deemed that Anthony's elbow was worthy of Flagrant II and ejection. Flagrant foul reviews are decided by the referee in the arena and not handled by the NBA's central review center.

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