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The Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in an insanely dramatic finish, with Paul George hitting a game-tying 3-pointer with seconds to play and then Gary Harris drilling a long-range jumper of his own at the buzzer.

Presumably, the finish did not please Russell Westbrook — and nor did the decision of a Denver fan to get in the All-Star’s face. Westbrook gave the fan a sturdy shove, then looked bewildered as the man clapped and darted away.

Notice that the fan got out of there quite quickly after Russ pushed him, especially as the brick wall known as Steven Adams wandered over. Fans may like to think they can pick a fight with an NBA player, but not many sweatshirt-wearing boozed-up fans would last long in a scrap with Russell Westbrook.

Afterward, Westbrook said it was “totally unacceptable” for fans to come onto the floor.

With the Malice at the Palace not so far in the past, there remains a pretty powerful stigma in the NBA against engaging physically with fans (as there should be). But fans should still realize that, as in all other areas of life, if you run up to a stranger and yell in his face, he might not be so happy about it.

In other words, Mr. Nuggets Fan here is probably lucky he got away with only a little push.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports,, and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.