Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic and Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia were involved in a bizarre moment in the middle of Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal matchup on Sunday night.

In the second quarter, Suns guard Josh Okogie crashed into the seats while trying to save a fumble. He landed in a group of fans on the baseline of the Footprint Center in Phoenix that included Ishbia, who grabbed the basketball.

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Nikola Jokic tries to get the ball

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is involved in an altercation in the stands during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 7, 2023, in Phoenix. . (AP Photo/Matt York)

Jokic was trying to get the ball back into play quickly. When he tried to take the ball from Ishbia, the ball went back through the crowd and Jokic appeared to push Ishbia to clear his space. Ishbia exaggerated how hard Jokic pushed him and seemed to jerk back dramatically in his seat.

Jokic received a technical foul. The Suns won the game 129-124.

«The fan put his hand to me first,» Jokic said after the game. «I thought the league was supposed to protect us. Maybe I’m wrong. I know who he is, but he’s a fan. Isn’t he?»

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Nikola Jokic wipes his face

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, #15, wipes his face with his jersey during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, May 5, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn’t understand why Ishbia got involved.

«(Jokic) is going to get the ball and some fan is holding on to the ball like they want to be a part of the game. Just give the ball away, man,» Malone said.

Ishbia told the Associated Press at halftime that he was «fine.» He returned to his seat in the second half.

Jokic scored 53 points in the four-point loss.

Nikola Jokic looks up

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, #15, watches the clock during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 7, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Game 5 is Tuesday night in Denver. The series is tied 2-2.

Associated Press contributed to this report.