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Fan throws water bottle at Kyrie Irving’s head in Boston

The fan was arrested and given a lifetime ban from TD Garden in Boston.

A fan threw a water bottle at Kyrie Irving after the Brooklyn Nets’ 141-126 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their first round playoff series. Fortunately, the bottle did not hit Irving, but this another incident of bad fan behavior and quite untimely given Kyrie’s remarks earlier in the week about the Celtics’ crowd.

Here’s video of the incident.

The Nets now have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Irving had his best game of the playoffs so far, finishing with 39 points and 11 rebounds.

The fan has since been arrested and received a lifetime banned from TD Garden in Boston. He faces battery charges:

Here is what Kyrie had to say about the incident after the game.

Kevin Durant also had remarks about what happened.

Ahead of Game 3, Irving mentioned that he hoped the crowd would keep things “strictly basketball.” He was alluding to racism he had experienced from Celtics fans over the years as an opponent in their city. Here are Irving’s full comments before making his return to Boston for the series.

This conversation about fan behavior was timely as there had been multiple stories of poor fan behavior that week. First there was the popcorn dumped on Russell Westbrook in Game 2 of the Wizards-76ers series. Then a fan spit at Trae Young in New York. There was also the racist taunting to Ja Morant’s family in Utah. Each of these incidents were addressed, fans were disciplined by their respective franchises, and many hoped the bad behavior was behind us, but that was not the case.

Game 5 of the Celtics-Nets series is on Tuesday as Brooklyn looks to advance in the playoffs with a win.