Pacers’ Paul George fined $25K for comments

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George speaks during the post-game news conference after Game 4 in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Miami. The Heat won 102-90. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George speaks during the post-game news conference after Game 4 in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Miami. The Heat won 102-90. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined Indiana Pacers forward Paul George $25,000 on Tuesday for his public criticism of the officiating in the Eastern Conference finals Game 4 loss to Miami.

Rod Thorn, the league’s president of basketball operations, said George made his comments in the postgame news conference following the 102-90 loss to the Heat on Monday night.

Miami was 30 of 34 from the foul line in the game. Indiana was 11 of 17.

George said his team couldn’t overcome a “20-point differential” that came through foul calls. He said Miami won the game at the free-throw line.

Miami leads the series 3-1 and can advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year with a win in Indiana on Wednesday night.

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