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Rivers fined $25,000 for criticizing officiating

Rivers fined $25,000 for criticizing officiating

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers yells out instructions as his team plays the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined Clippers head coach Doc Rivers $25,000 on Thursday for publicly criticizing the officiating in Los Angeles’ 105-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week.

Rivers was livid after the game, saying the Clippers were “robbed.”

The Clippers believed the Thunder’s Reggie Jackson had knocked the ball out of bounds with 11.3 seconds remaining, but officials ruled it Oklahoma City ball. After going to replay, the call stood, and the Thunder rallied to win the game.

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Wednesday in a statement that: “In order to reverse the call made on the court, there has to be ‘clear and conclusive’ evidence. Since no replay provided such evidence, the play correctly stood as called with the Thunder retaining possession.”
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