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Russell Westbrook, Zaza Pachulia and Steph Curry

Russell Westbrook, Zaza Pachulia and Stephen Curry

What most National Basketball Association fans thought would happen, has happened, as Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia will reportedly get off scott-free after falling over and landing on Russell Westbrook in the Warriors' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week.

He wrote: "The replay shows that as Westbrook and Young went to the ground, Young's right foot hooks around the back of Pachulia's left knee". Westbrook reacted and writhed in pain, before shaking his head and getting up to run back down the floor.

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The NBA reviewed the play and the league office told ESPN's Chris Haynes they had a hard time finding evidence showing that Pachulia meant to fall on Westbrook's legs.

With several players piling in on Pachulia, teammate Kevin Durant has come out in defence of the 15-year man and disagrees that he was looking to hurt anybody.

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"You know Zaza", George said.

"I don't think Zaza is trying to hurt anybody", Durant said after practice on Sunday, as reported by the Mercury News.

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Pachulia most infamously crowded Kawhi Leonard during a jump shot in last season's Western Conference Finals, causing the San Antonio Spurs forward to land on Pachulia's foot and miss the remainder of the series. Nobody touched him, he fell on my leg, tried to hurt me. I slowed it down, and I saw some clips and pictures everywhere that Nick's leg got caught up in Zaza's leg. It did look - to the fans, to you, and I'm sure to (Westbrook) - it looked kinda like a weird play. "It was an unfortunate play, and I'm glad Russ didn't get hurt". "You know his history". Nobody pushed him. He aimed his fall ... "That's Zaza making a Zaza play". A lot of big guys are. "This s*** is ridiculous".

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