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Kirilenko leaves game after flagrant foul from Mavs' Nowitzki

SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko was knocked out of Utah's 116-110 victory over Dallas in the first quarter after a flagrant foul by the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki.

The team reported that X-rays taken on his right hip were negative and characterized the injury as a strained right hip. Kirilenko returned to the arena.

Kirilenko took a pass in the lane and as he went up for a layup, Nowitzki came down hard with his right arm and got Kirilenko on the shoulder and neck. Kirilenko went straight down and landed on his back and stayed on the floor for several minutes as Jazz fans booed and called for Nowitzki to be ejected.

Kirilenko finally got up and walked gingerly to the free-throw line, where Nowitzki appeared to apologize before Kirilenko made both free throws for the flagrant foul.

Nowitzki said he didn't want to give Kirilenko a three-point play opportunity.

"I kind of tried to grab him, and unfortunately grabbed him around the neck," Nowitzki said. "Things went so fast, I didn't mean to grab the neck, but I just tried to hold him so he doesn't score. I happened to grab his neck and it was a bad fall."

After the foul shots, Kirilenko limped to the locker room with the help of trainer Gary Briggs.

Initital X-rays at the stadium were inconclusive and Kirilenko was taken to the hospital for more tests. He was sitting upright on a cart as he was taken from the building.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.