After Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, announced the fine in a release Saturday, Carlisle was not backing down.
"I have strong feelings about how I feel about my team, and I'm going to fight for my team," Carlisle told reporters in Dallas, where Game 4 is to be played Sunday evening.
"That's just the way it's going to be. I'm a lot like my owner. I'm going to fight for my guys. I understand the fine. I accept it, and I think they'll put the money to very good use."
Carlisle voiced his displeasure to the officials throughout the game, a hard-fought 130-128 victory for the Rockets, who lead the best-of-seven series, 3-0. Carlisle was frequently arguing calls and questioning why fouls were not called in other situations.
He appeared particularly upset about one play early in the fourth quarter when he indicated that he thought Rockets center