Jokic caught Payne across the face as the Serbian attempted to steal the ball with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter. Suns guard Devin Booker confronted Jokic after the foul and the teams briefly scuffled before being separated.
The Eastern Conference series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets is tied following a Bucks victory.
Jae Crowder received all sorts of quizzical text messages for his decision to sign with the Phoenix Suns in the offseason. The Suns hadn't been to the playoffs in a decade. “I look like a genius, huh?” cracked Crowder, who took his talents to the Suns after helping Miami reach the NBA Finals last season.