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Fan removed from Mavs playoff game after incident involving family of Chris Paul, team says

"It was unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated," the Mavs organization said in a statement.
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Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul, second from right, walk off the court after Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS — A fan was removed from the Dallas Mavericks' semifinal game against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday after an incident involving the family of veteran guard Chris Paul, the Mavs said in a statement.

In the statement, the organization said it was "aware of an incident between a fan and the family of Chris Paul."

After Paul fouled out in the fourth quarter, video from the TV broadcast of the game showed Paul talking to security guards and a Dallas police officer near the Suns bench.

Details on the incident were not released by the Mavs, but they said it was "unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated."

"The Mavericks, along with American Airlines Center, swiftly removed the fan from today's game," the team's statement said.

After the game, Paul took his frustration to Twitter. "Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families... f*** that," he said in a tweet.

According to a report by ESPN's Dave McMenamin, fans had allegedly put their hands on Paul's mother and also pushed his wife. A source told McMenamin that the family, which included Paul's children, felt unsafe.

While it was unclear whether police were involved Sunday, Dallas Police Department officials in a statement Monday said they were not called to the incident and that no crime had been reported.

The Mavericks won Sunday afternoon's game 111-101 to tie up the semifinal series 2-2. Game 5 is set for Tuesday night at 9 p.m. CT in Phoenix.

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