Spurs' DeRozan fined 5K for throwing ball toward ref

Spurs' DeRozan fined 5K for throwing ball toward ref
San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) leaves the court after he was ejected with five minutes remaining after arguing with an official over an offensive foul during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoff series against the Denver Nuggets in San Antonio, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Denver won 117-103. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

NEW YORK (AP) — San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined 5,000 by the NBA for heaving a ball past an official and into the stands of a playoff game against the Denver Nuggets.

The fine was handed down Sunday by league discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe.

The incident occurred with about 5 minutes remaining in the Spurs’ 117-103 loss to the Nuggets on Saturday night that tied the series at 2-2. DeRozan was called for an offensive foul against Denver’s Gary Harris and responded by whipping the ball in the general direction of the referee. He received a technical foul and was ejected.

DeRozan said afterward that he was frustrated by what he thought was a bad call.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Denver.

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