Just 57 seconds into Sunday night’s contest between the Thunder and the Suns, Russell Westbrook picked up a technical foul, his league-leading 15th of the season.
There didn’t appear to be much to it — see for yourself.
Westbrook went over to check on teammate Kyle Singler, who had just been decked on a drive to the basket, and must have said something to the official; my wild guess is a profanity-laced plea for a flagrant foul to be called.
The referee was offended enough by whatever was said to whistle Westbrook for the technical, but the league has rescinded it, reports Royce Young of ESPN.com.
This is important, because had this one stood, it would have meant a one-game suspension for Westbrook once his next technical foul was received.
He remains at the top of the leaderboard in this category, tied with Markieff Morris of the Suns at 14, though the count resets once the postseason begins.
The technical fouls have cost Westbrook a total of $41,000 in fines to this point of the season.