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DENVER (KDVR) — Denver Nuggets star and National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic was ejected from the Game 4 loss to the Phoenix Suns of the NBA West Semifinals on Sunday.

Jokic was ejected for a hard swipe that caught Cameron Payne in the face. That sparked a tussle between Booker and Jokic and each was assessed a technical. Jokic was tossed with a flagrant 2 foul as the Nuggets trailed by six points with less than four minutes left in the third quarter.

The Nuggets’ comeback without their superstar center fell short as the Suns reached the conference championship for the first time since 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.